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Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

by Dr Emma Gray - 7th January, 2019
Dry January Is a Bad Idea!

Dry January is a Bad Idea! At a glance it seems that giving up alcohol for a whole month, especially after the excesses of Christmas, is a good idea.  However, on closer inspection is it possible that this recently popular way of dealing with January is just another version of the feast or famine approach to life that we seem so drawn to. As a society our relationship with alcohol is far from ideal.  Its social acceptability has allowed many of us to fall into the trap of ‘using’ it […]...

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Christmas Is So Expensive!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – and wonderfully expensive, too… I was struck the other day by how expensive December has been – my childrens’ Christmas parties and activities, Christmas shopping, food and otherwise. This ties in with a recent news item highlighting that the cost of home-cooked Christmas dinner has risen by 18% (!), compared to last year. One might speculate about why this has happened, and Brexit is just one of the possible contenders for an explanation. However, this blog is not about politics, but […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 3

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 3 In part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored some of the biological factors contributing to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).  In Part 2 we explored how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us manage the symptoms of SAD.  In Part 3 we will now explore the way in which our thoughts also effect what we do and how we feel. Challenging how we think From the perspective of Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy the way we think effects how we feel and […]...

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How To Beat The Winter Blues – Part 2

How to Beat the Winter Blues – Part 2 As the darker night’s approach and the weather worsens in part 1 of How to beat the winter blues we explored a bit about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and some of the biological factors that might account for symptoms of sleepiness/sleep disturbance, lethargy, low mood/depression, and changes in appetite.  In Part 2 we will explore how Cognitive Behavioural Therapy might help us to change what we do to cope, to reduce the symptoms of SAD. Changing what we do Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy […]...

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