Could the Pandemic Make SAD Worse?
If you suffer from SAD, you might have noticed a dip in mood with the change in the seasons. It’s colder and it’s getting dark earlier, and oh yes, we are still in the grip of a pandemic.
The pandemic has already taken a toll on many people’s mental health, but if you suffer from SAD and you’re more vulnerable to bouts of depression, you might find that it’s tougher to deal with this year.
Why might the pandemic make SAD worse?
One of the main causes of SAD is the shift in the body’s natural rhythms that’s caused by the change in seasons, as well as the changes to our daily routine. It gets dark earlier, we can’t get outside as much, and we often crave stodgy food which plays havoc with our mood and energy levels.
The pandemic forced many people to change their day to day routine and adapt, but as the virus hasn’t gone anywhere and is starting to spread again as we head into the colder months, the prospect of another lockdown is filling people with dread.
Lockdown in spring and summer was tough, but at least the sun was shining. We could get out and walk, run, or cycle. But lockdown in the autumn and winter is a very different story.
If you suffer from SAD, you probably know what helps you feel better, whether it’s getting outside more or seeing your friends. But depending on where you live and on the state of your own health, you might not be able to do the things that usually get you through the rough patches.
How to cope with SAD in the middle of a pandemic
- Keep in touch with people however you can: Whether you see them in person (at a social distance) or chat to them virtually, or on the phone, contact with others can give you a bit of a lift.
- Stay active: Countless studies have shown that exercise can be very beneficial for people with depression, so make sure you make time in your week to go for a walk, go to the gym, or exercise at home. Online exercise became very popular during lockdown, and there are endless options available to suit all fitness levels.
- Make sure you get a good sleep: You’ll probably find that when you have SAD you want to sleep more or you suffer from insomnia. It’s important to try and keep to a regular sleeping pattern, going to bed and waking up at roughly the same time each day, even on a weekend. The Sleep Foundation has some great tips on how to get a better sleep.
What about hypnotherapy for SAD?
While your GP should be your first port of call if you’re suffering from SAD or any other form of mental ill health, research has shown that hypnotherapy can be a very effective addition for depression.
Hypnotherapy can dive deep into the subconscious to clear away negative thoughts, beliefs, and ‘unfinished business.’ Techniques like visualisation, affirmations, and hypnotic suggestion are used to help you replace negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs with more positive ones.
Once this has taken place, it’s even possible for hypnotherapy to positively affect the body, restoring quality sleep and energy levels.
If you’re suffering from SAD and you’re noticing that the pandemic is making your symptoms worse, why not consider a free 30 minute consultation. Find out how I could maybe help you find that silver lining and get back to feeling like yourself.