• Tina

Opening day

Eventually the day has arrived - and I have to say I did not realise how much work was involved in setting up the new office. We all took a day off yesterday and had some well deserved rest. Cathy chilled with some friends and I had some 'family' time. Whilst the business is very important to us we agreed, from the outset we need to get the balance right between work and rest.

I was so pleased to see our BeeYou Counselling facebook page is starting to reach people as we had our first facebook client contact us. It is so nice to be able to offer lots of different ways for people to contact us. Search under 'counselling Lisburn' and up we pop. Im still learning how to get the page out to more people, but as they say Rome was not built in a day.

Our first client came into the office today and they thought it was lovely It is so nice to have such fantastic feedback after all our hard work. But the space only works if what Cathy and I do in there is meaningful to others.

The summer is drawing to an end and we are beginning to see shorter nights creep in. I had my first facebook reminder telling me it is only 16 weeks to Christmas. As the nights draw in people can begin to feel quite low and sad.

Humans need sunlight to help us sleep, keep us well regulated and feeling generally well. When natural sunlight hits the skin it triggers the body's production of vitamin D. Vitamin D is also known as “the sunshine vitamin.” It is a crucial ingredient for overall health; protects against inflammation, lowers high blood pressure, helps muscles, improves brain function and may even protect against cancer try to make the most of the light hours we do get - even if it is just 20 minutes outside.

I do know sunlight also has its downside's however if you cover up with the right suncream sunlight is a brilliant anti-depressant.

Our bodies are meant to be in the sun and exposure to sunlight during the day is crucial to your wellbeing. Matthew Walker in his brilliant book 'Why we sleep' advises we get sunlight in the morning and in the evening to help our brains calibrate our place in the day.

Cathy and I recognise and explain to our client how exposure to sunlight has a huge impact on depression, seasonal affective disorder and sleep quality.

Sunlight can even promote weight loss. So whilst the longer hours are still here I'm working with my clients to be outside doing something they enjoy like walking, biking, gardening or other fun outdoor activities.

As the day is drawing to an end I am so grateful for all the hard work so many people have put in to make our business something we can be proud of.

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