With the long winter months on the horizon, and Spring feeling like it will never arrive, you may be feeling some gloomy or negative emotions and even increased levels of exhaustion.
If you struggle with depression or anxiety, past or current trauma, or just feel the effects of winter blues, you may be tempted to bottle these feelings, pretending they don’t exist, and just try to ride it out. Unfortunately, ignoring feelings can actually lead to a worsening of symptoms, causing more negative thoughts and feelings and making recovery harder.
Often, people in this situation will suffer physically as well as emotionally and may find themselves feeling less social, more tired, having a lack of appetite or tending to overeat, having frequent stress related headaches and maybe experiencing other body aches and discomfort.
An alternative to white knuckling it over the winter months, is to focus on your mental well being by starting therapy with a Registered Psychotherapist. The benefits of therapy include: connecting with a professional who maintains your confidentiality in a safe space, discovering your personal strengths and how to use these strengths, learning effective tools for dealing with everyday problems, better management of stress, regaining a sense of control over your life, an increased sense of well-being, a greater connection to yourself and others, improved self confidence and reduced anxiety.
At Thrive Massage Therapy & Wellness, we are lucky to have 3 well seasoned Registered Psychotherapists who treat a wide variety of issues using different treatment modalities such as CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing), DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy), and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), both in person and through virtual therapy.
Our clientele are children, adolescents and adults.
Thrive’s Registered Psychotherapists, Adriana, Erin and Anne look forward to connecting and creating a collaborative treatment approach to help you manage the upcoming winter months that often are a struggle with the lack of sunlight, revolving door sickness’ and weather that keeps us indoors. If you have ever thought about exploring your mental wellness, this winter is an excellent time and Thrive’s Psychotherapy team would be happy to support your needs.
If you would like additional information on Seasonal Affective Disorder please see the following links that you may find helpful: