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Autumnal change - kicking the blues

As autumn paints its introspective canvas with amber hues and crisp breezes, it signals a period of profound impact on mental well-being and relationships. While the allure of autumn foliage enchants our senses, it's crucial to recognise how this seasonal shift affects our inner landscape and interpersonal connections.

One significant aspect of autumn's influence on mental health is its tendency to draw us indoors, where dormant internal issues may surface. Increased indoor time can exacerbate feelings of loneliness, grief, or loss as daylight dwindles and nights lengthen, leading to encounters with sadness, depression, anxiety, or distress.

The intimate setting of indoor spaces during autumn can amplify relationship dynamics, exposing underlying tensions or unresolved conflicts. This can strain partnerships and evoke painful memories or trigger symptoms for those who have experienced trauma, further complicating emotional well-being.

To address these challenges, seeking support through counselling or therapy is invaluable. Professional and experienced psychological therapists like Katrina Helene at the Lotus Centre, offer a safe space to navigate complex situations and emotions, to bring healing and resolution, or by providing guidance and coping strategies. Engaging in mindfulness practices like meditation or journaling can also help with cultivating resilience and self-awareness during this transitional period.

Moreover, nurturing connections with loved ones through open communication and quality time together strengthens bonds and fosters a sense of belonging. Prioritising meaningful connections, whether through shared meals, outdoor adventures, or attentive listening, offers solace and support amidst the autumnal backdrop.

As we embrace the changing seasons, let's approach this time with compassion and self-care. By acknowledging and addressing our mental health needs, fostering authentic connections, and seeking professional support when necessary, we can navigate the autumnal landscape with resilience and grace.

How do you plan to prioritise your mental health and relationships during autumn, and what strategies do you find helpful in maintaining balance and well-being?

You don’t need to do it alone, reach out for expert support with Katrina Helene, at, or by phone 0404 506 507, or email



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