Entries by Sarah Swanton

Dealing With Disappointment

Disappointment. We’ve all felt it at some point: the job you didn’t get, the relationship that didn’t work out, the missed appointment, the house sale that fell through. Big ones and little ones, disappointment is part of human life, but it most certainly doesn’t feel like that at the time!

New Year’s Resolutions Already Failing? Here’s Why…

We are now into the second full week of January and apparently it is this week that a third of people who have set new year’s resolutions are likely to give up.

If that’s you, it’s not too late to resurrect those resolutions, and be more successful this time around with a few tweaks. Here’s some ideas you might not have thought about as to why you might have given up on your goals already.

Why Jumping To Conclusions Is Bad For Your Mental Health (and how to stop doing it)

How many times have you sent an important email or text to someone, expecting a quick reply and when it doesn’t come, think to yourself: why haven’t they replied? Have I said the wrong thing? Are they ignoring me? What’s going on! I’m obviously not that important to them!

And of course, because we start thinking like that, we might feel some anxiety coming on, or even feel cross or irritable

How To Talk To Your Doctor About Depression

When you’re in the midst of depression and constant low mood, it’s really difficult to actually verbalise how you’re feeling, or flag that you need help, even to family and close friends – let alone a doctor. All sorts of thoughts can go through your mind. What if they don’t believe me? What if I can’t remember what to say? It feels embarrassing having to admit it. What if they give me medication that makes me feel worse?

What Are The Symptoms Of Depression?

Google is a great resource.

It can show you the words people are typing in, around any given topic. As I specialise in depression, I thought it worth checking out. Did you know, the words typed into Google more than anything else, when it comes to depression, is: “depression test”?

Is it worth buying a SAD lamp?

If you suspect you get Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), then maybe the thought has crossed your mind of investing in a SAD lamp, but wondered whether it’s worth it? SAD, or winter depression, is triggered by reduced exposure to sunlight, and those who are affected, tend to feel it coming on around the clocks going back, and the days getting shorter.