Changing Season and Changing Mood

The thing about this time of year for me, is the change in the color of the leaves. I just love the colors from green to orange to yellow to burnt orange. The air smells different. This change of season has me thinking about what changes will I be creating for myself. What changes are you looking to create?

During this time of year many people may experience seasonal depression, or just a kind of sadness. You know, something just feels a little off. Some contributing factors to seasonal depression may be that it gets darker earlier and winter is almost here. BUT WAIT !!! this time does not have to be depressing or anxiety producing. Here are some ideas to stay emotionally healthy and enjoy this beautiful and colorful time of year.

Many winter holidays are coming and there’s much to look forward too with a whole a lot of celebrations. Think cheerful and colorful, decorate your windows, your bench outside, your kitchen counter. Bring those colorful leaves inside. Remember when you were a kid and the teacher had you collect the most colorful leaves, so you could press them between 2 pieces of wax paper. Go do it again. Think bright and colorful!

Light a scented candle, maybe pumpkin or cinnamon spice. How about baking a cake and inviting a friend or two?

Meditation and yoga are other great ways to head off seasonal depression. Go to a yoga studio, they usually offer a free class to try out before you join.

If you find it a difficult time of year, there’s always help and ways to reach out. You are not alone!

Rochelle Ladin, LPC, of RSL Counseling and Coaching, LLC specializes in treating depression and anxiety; located in Matawan, NJ and can be reached at (732) 589-1780, or at [email protected]

March 2, 2017 /  By Rochelle Ladin, LPC / The Therapy Corner 
Anxiety can hit at any time, and you may not understand what is happening to you.  You know something is wrong, and feel overwhelmed. Perhaps you cry easily, get irritable faster, or cannot stop thinking of the problem/situation.  Family and friends may not understand the problem and may feel helpless in how to help you during this time.  The Anxiety Disorders Association of America, reports that more than 40 million adults in the United States experience some anxiety. Does this describe you?  Do you suffer from anxiety? Knowing you are not alone is not enough to feel better. Professional help may be needed and is available.    

Anxiety can happen after a troubling event, life transition such as illness, divorce, children leaving home, or fear. Untreated anxiety can cause further complications and effect you physically. It is important to contact a mental health counselor to learn the triggers of your anxiety and identify coping strategies that help you manage the difficult times.  What can you do to reduce the feeling of anxiety? Take a deep breath and ask yourself these questions Are you thinking about a problem or anticipating a problem that has not happened yet? Are you overthinking the problem or situation? Many times, anxiety may occur when thinking about a problem because you see the situation as a loss of control.  It is important to remember that you cannot be in charge all the time and cannot control everything all the time. And it’s okay not to always be in control. Strategies for managing your anxiety symptoms include:  Take a walk, exercise, do something physical Talk to a friend Reduce stimulants such as coffee, tea, soda that contain caffeine  Cuddle with a pet Take a yoga or mediation class It is important to seek help with a qualified professional. Taking action to reduce your anxiety is the first step in achieving a healthy life. 

Hello and Welcome to RSL Counseling and Coaching Blog

Sept 8, 2016

I have been wanting to write a blog or journal for some time. As you know things happen, and being ADHD it just became one more thing to put on the To-Do list and that list gets lost! The time has come to create the blog called “Thoughts and Happenings”.  My name is Rochelle Ladin, and I am the “chief” therapist at RSL Counseling and Coaching, LLC.  I like being called Shelley and in fact if people call me Rochelle I think I’m back at grade school!  Thoughts and Happenings will explore issues related to mental health, research, treatment, and articles that hopefully will provide you with help to manage issues you encounter.  Whatever can help and support individuals with issues such as anxiety, stress, job issues, marriage challenges, friendships, intellectual developmental challenges, ADD/ADHD, career development and job insights (from my many years as a Human Resources Professional), and of course just life and transition issues.  You know, when life happens and we don’t quite know what to do or it just reaches the point where you need more support than your friend/spouse/partner.   My hope is this blog will provide you with support, a laugh at times, informative research and tidbits of information to help you along your path to a healthy and successful life.  


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