What happened when things started to spiral downwards

When the stork dropped me in Surrey, I am convinced that he'd been blown off course - I really was destined for the Med somewhere!  I love the sun, bask in the heat (perhaps I was a lizard in a former life...!!?) and so when we hit September and the heat fades and the nights seem to draw in oh so quickly, I often feel my mood falls quicker than the autumn leaves.

And I know I am not the only one who feels like this.  In October I tend to see more people who are struggling with depression or negative moods than at any other time in the year.  But this year, it seems to be starting earlier.  Perhaps it is because we have not had our Indian summer, or it is being exacerbated by the events going on in the world at the moment, but the air of gloom seems higher now than in past years.  Do you agree?

My family health challenges has added to my normal annual management of my own little autumnal withering and I could tell my mood was spiralling down.  So it was time for me to go back to basics.  

There is a very simple model that CBT uses that shows how thoughts, feelings and behaviours are intrinsically linked

It's pretty simple really!  If you change what you are thinking, or change what you are doing, it changes how you are feeling.  So thinking thoughts like "I hate that it's already getting dark by 7pm" were contributing to the inner gloom!  The really brilliant thing is that when you feel differently, you have different thoughts and do different things.  The downward spiral literally reverses!

The real kicker in all of this was that I knew all this stuff - I talk to people about it daily - but wasn't practising what I was preaching!

That has changed now (as has my mood) and I want to help other people do the same.

So I am offering a free programme to anyone who is reading this and who is aware that their mood has also waned with the daylight hours, or is just interested to learn more about this fab little triangular relationship.  So if you want to find out more and learn how you too can change your feelings (or your thoughts) then click here

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