Summer Dreaming ☀️ With autumn settling in, long summer nights are soon to be replaced with rain and summer holiday getaways are soon to be forgotten with the cooler climates.
This can, for a number of Australians lead to a condition known as Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), whereby, some people experience symptoms of low mood, lack of energy, sleeping excessively or feeling tired all the time.
If you or someone you know are affected, help is out there in the form of light therapy, psychological therapies or in other cases medication. For more information be sure to pop by for a consult.
1 in 5 Australians between the ages of 16-85 will experience a mental disorder in any year. The most common mental illnesses include depression, anxiety and substance misuse. Mental health not only affects adults but it also affects our youth of today.
Being a GP, mental health covers over half of my consults in any given day and the commonest feeling? Feeling alone and isolated.
We are so fortunate that mental health is no longer ‘taboo’ and there is so much help out there from support groups to psychologists and medication. The hardest step is recognising the need to ask for help. This mental health week, I am encouraging those of you who may be affected and haven’t made a connection for help to make a brave step forward. You’re not alone and I’d love to help you on your journey back to good health.
With the weather looking brighter and the days getting longer, what better way to use the weekend than by catching up with friends in the outdoors. Two thirds of us spend, on average, 100 minutes on social media every day. 🤳👩💻 So this weekend, I’m prescribing your eyes a rest from your cell phones and computers and urging you to get outdoors and observe the natural beauty that surrounds us.
Before the week passes us by, make the most of today. Each day is a gift, so be sure to start your day right with a good amount of sleep and a hearty breakfast. Set yourself goals that you want to achieve and allow time for exercise and relaxation. Most importantly try to stay positive, it’s so easy to fall into a spiral of negativity but as we know, this can be self-destructive and you may not achieve anything.