Monthly Archives: November 2015

Leaving on a jet plane…


Gran CanariaI’m heading for warmer and hopefully sunnier climes. It’s the first time I’ve done a winter break this side of Christmas and I’m not sure how it’s going to feel when I get back. But I’m taking the risk!! ūüėČ

Speaking to other people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), there’s mixed views whether a sunshine break can be good. Some say that it really helps them get through the winter, giving them a nice little boost. Others say that coming back to the UK winter in all its glory makes them feel worse.

So, I’d be interested to hear what other people think? Have you been on winter breaks either side of Christmas? If so, has it made your SAD or Winter Blues better or worse?

I’m going with a friend and we’re planning to have a nice mix of relaxing, sightseeing and girly nights out, so I’m super excited!

I’ve treated myself to a new, powerful SAD light that should have arrived by the time I return and I’m hoping that I can re-settle into my light routine well when I get back. I’m also calculating that there’ll only be three weeks until the winter solstice and I have nice things planned in the run up to Christmas. I know that it takes a while after the solstice to make an appreciable difference in the amount of light and I do struggle at times in January and February, but something about knowing that we’re heading in the right direction towards more light helps me. Do you feel the same?

Anyway, have a great week and I’ll see you when I’m back and let you know my thoughts on returning from a pre-Christmas winter break.

– Neens –


Little Light Room event pilot

For around eight years now I have had a personal vision of bringing light therapy to the public arena to help raise awareness of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Winter Blues and to de-mystify light therapy. I wanted to make it informative, relaxing, social and fun. So I combined my love of tea, cake, crafting and socialising to create an event that would feel like a treat for everyone attending.

Finally, I piloted the Little Light Room event at Kuppa Coffee in Newcastle this morning with a group of friends to test the format of the event before I go on to advertise it more widely.

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I am delighted with how the event went.¬†We don’t often take time to relax and switch off from the stresses of everyday demands and we were reluctant for the session to finish! Here’s what the guests said:

“Lovely relaxed atmosphere. I found the talk about SAD very interesting and informative.”

“It has been great for finding quality time while around others – I absolutely loved this!”

“Really great event – fun and engaging… would happily make this a regular occurrence in my diary!”

“Nice atmosphere with opportunity to chat and do activities, good to have a small group as nice and personal.”

Thank you (Oscar style, of course!):
I’m extremely grateful to Lumie for their encouragement, kindly loaning me the light boxes and offering my attendees a special discount. Also to Kuppa Coffee¬†in Newcastle upon Tyne¬†for providing their space, Graham Baty at Northumbria University’s Enterprise service¬†for his advice¬†and Alice Allum of IX7 for her coaching. Last but not least my lovely friends and family for being so supportive and making this first event such a pleasure.

Watch this space!