health

Are the clocks going forward a good thing?

Summer time has always been a good time for me. I love having warms days and long nights. Not wearing jumpers and coats is also a plus. However, there is a more important reason why I love summer, and its because I’m happier.

At this time of the year, the clocks go forward, which gives us more daylight hours. I’m excited for this as I wont be walking to/from work in the dark and it will be brighter when I wake up. Longer days will also mean I’m in a better mood overall. SAD affects me almost every year no matter what changes in my life.

SAD stands for Seasonal Affective Disorder and is basically like depression but seasonally. We all know the symptoms of depression (constant low mood, lack of energy and being irritable), but SAD mainly happens in the winter.

I don’t really know what causes SAD but the doctor said it’s to do with the lack of sunlight stopping part of the brain working properly. This affects the production of certain hormones. These hormones control stuff like how sleepy you are, your mood, appetite etc. There is also a link to it disrupting your body clock.

I have a special light for ‘light therapy’. Its a large light to use in your home that is used to simulate the exposure of sunlight. I keep it in the corner of the room if I’m at home watching TV or something. It keeps your mood up and keep depression at bay. I use it every winter as often as I can.

SAD only affects you in winter, so it is almost a sigh of relief when I know the clocks are going forward. I look forward to the spring and summer time because I know my mood will be better and my overall outlook on life will be better. So my answer is: Yes, it is a good thing the clocks are going forward!

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Jess x

health

Anxiety Stories

I’ve collaborated with Laura (The mindful mum blogger) on this post to normalise mental health, and more specifically anxiety. It will be featured on her blog too, which you can read here.

Since I was 13, I’ve struggled with mental health, its been something that comes and goes. I’d like to point out I did have a really bad few years with my health when I was a teenager but now I am the happiest I have ever been. I don’t mind talking about my mental health, as it is one of the ways I made it through.

Laura put together a set of questions for the anxiety story posts. They are listed below, I’ve tried to be as detailed as possible. I know that talking about this subject will make it less ‘awkward’ or ‘taboo’. Please, if anyone has any questions, comment and I’ll do my best to answer!

Questions below:

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Reflection

Letter To My Younger Self (Before Uni)

This week has been so busy because of my move back to Nottingham and getting everything set up for the flat (internet mainly). Now that I’m mostly unpacked, I can turn my attention back to blogging. I’ve seen several bloggers write a letter to their younger selves, and now that I’ve finished uni, I thought now might be a good time for me to write one.

black ball point pen with brown spiral notebook

So much has happened over the last 4/5 years for me, both up and down, but now I feel like I can really do what I want! This letter is addressed to my younger self, a year or so before uni – when I’d just come out of counselling and didn’t have many people to turn to.

 

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