I hope you are all well, and that you have been enjoying our fabulous sunny November! It is getting colder now of course, and Christmas will soon be upon us, so I for one have been making the most of log fires again.....

What has been good for you recently? For me it has been good to start working in a lovely new place once a week, and to have taken part in some interesting CPD sessions, one of which was learning about the different types of Needlephobia, and how best to treat them. I have also had some wonderful clients!

Like lots of other people I am getting concerned about the way technology and social media seems to be taking over our lives, so have written a bit here about this and the dangers of over use.
The Surrey and Hampshire Wellbeing Clinic

I am very pleased to tell you that I am now working at this lovely new venue on Tuesday mornings. It is set in peaceful farmland between Farnham and Crondall, so not far from where I live. It is a beautiful place and there are a variety of other therapies available there, so do have a look ....
Excessive Screen Time - the dangers

We are all so used to using different devices in order to use the internet now, and the use of mobile phones is at an all time high for many.

New research presents compelling evidence that the more time teenagers spend on smartphones and other electronic screens, the more likely they are to feel depressed and think about, or attempt, suicide.

Professor Thomas Joiner, a distinguished professor at Florida State University, who co-authored a study published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, said screen time should be considered a modern-day risk factor for depression and suicide.

The study concluded that parents shouldn't think they need to take away their children's smartphones and other electronic devices. But limiting screen time to an hour or two a day would put a child into a statistically safe zone.

We know that use of screens just before bedtime can be disruptive to our sleep patterns, so it is best to switch them all off for an hour before sleep.

Statistically it has been found that most people check their phone every minute!

New Year planning...
I will be running some more Weight Loss - A Mindset Approach courses in the New Year, the dates will be on my website.

If you or anyone you know would like to join one, let me know and I can book you/them in.

New Findings about the Amygdala

It is interesting to find that the Amygdala has a more complex role than we thought in its' role of Fight, Flight and Freeze...

New research from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas reveals that the amygdala may play a larger role in the brain’s ability to recognize faces than previously thought.
In a study published in Neuropsychologia, scientists found that the amygdala responded more specifically to faces than the fusiform face area (FFA), part of the brain traditionally known for facial recognition.
“The amygdala is a part of the brain associated with survival — fight or flight. It acts as a gateway regulating what we pay attention to,” said Dr. Daniel C. Krawczyk, deputy director of the Center for BrainHealth and associate professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. “We would expect the amygdala to be activated in the presence of scary or threatening faces — something that our brain might perceive as potentially impeding our survival. However, we were surprised to find how active the amygdala is in the presence of emotionally neutral faces.”

Numerous studies have revealed that the amygdala is critical for consciously and non-consciously processing facial expressions, and a smaller set of studies has revealed a role for the amygdala in assessing whether an individual appears to be trustworthy or not. The study, however, is the first to indicate that the amygdala actually responds more selectively to faces than the fusiform face area.
These findings lead us to believe that the amygdala may be getting a ‘preview’ before the brain’s primary visual cortex sends the signal to the fusiform face area.”

Beware the voice of your Chimp!
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a thought...

"If you have good thoughts they will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.."

Roald Dahl
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Ros Knowles
Solution Focused Hypnotherapist