As summer shifts into autumn this can induce seasonal affective disorder, or low mood.
So in mindfulness-speak it’s a time to notice in the present moment what physical feelings and thoughts are occurring.
A good signpost to help you distinguish which mindset you’re in is to notice whether your thoughts begin with the words “I feel” or “I think”.
As the reduction in the sunshine hours can influence our emotional weather and colour our thoughts and physical feelings and mood, mindfulness based cognitive therapy can help the individual to become aware of how their mind is working.
So check in with your ‘self’ this week and when you open your eyes – spend just a ‘mindful minute’ and gauge:
How is your emotional weather when you wake up in the morning?
How is this colouring the thoughts that you having?
What associations are you making?
And how all this is making you feel, even before you go into the bathroom to put on your face for the day?
You can do something really positive to regulate your emotional well-being and reduce low mood by becoming aware and noticing your body-mind process.
So make time to start your day with a mindful minute.