Feeling Blue as the Seasons Change? How Hypnotherapy can Help with SAD
Most of us don’t like the switch to shorter days, darker nights, and cold, rainy weather once autumn arrives, but if the change in the seasons leaves you feeling more than just a little bit down in the dumps, you could be suffering from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
SAD is a type of depression that worsens during the winter months and improves during the spring and summer. The cause of SAD is unknown, though studies have pointed to a lack of sunlight, and the effect it has on your brain chemistry.
You might have heard of it, or you might suspect that you actually have it, and are at the point where you’re looking for ways to feel better.
Hypnotherapy can help treat the symptoms of SAD which can be quite debilitating for sufferers. Read on to find out more.
What are the symptoms of SAD?
Everyone feels down in the dumps from time to time, but if you’ve been feeling low in mood, you have no energy, and you’ve lost interest in the things you usually enjoy, you could be depressed. If you tend to feel this way at this time of the year, it could be SAD.
People with SAD feel more anxious and restless, and have more difficulty concentrating at this time of year.
Changes in weight
People suffering from SAD tend to put on weight during the winter months because they turn to stodgy foods for comfort or they lose interest in going out or exercising.
People with SAD will either experience difficulty sleeping or they’ll want to sleep more than usual.
Self-help for SAD
If you suspect that you might be suffering from SAD and the symptoms are overwhelming and affecting your daily life, you should talk to your doctor who will be able to suggest possible treatment options ranging from medication to talking therapies, and light therapy. But the good news is there are things that you can try yourself to help you manage your symptoms.
- Eat lots of fruit and vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats (like those found in oily fish, nuts, and seeds). Make sure you’re getting a healthy dose of omega 3 fats; research has shown that they can improve mood.
- Cut back on stimulants like caffeine and alcohol, and reduce your sugar and refined carbohydrate intake (choose brown versions of pasta, rice, and bread.)
- Spend some time outside each day, even if you don’t feel like it. Being in the daylight and fresh air is good for body and mind.
- Exposure to bright light can help. You can buy light boxes or alarm clocks online that wake you up with a natural bright light.
- Find things to enjoy about the autumn and winter. Whether it’s getting cosy under a blanket and reading a good book, or wearing your favourite boots and snuggly jumpers, there are plenty things to like about this time of the year.
How hypnotherapy can help you manage the symptoms of SAD
Hypnotherapy is a very useful treatment for managing the symptoms of SAD. Hypnotherapy sessions put you in a relaxed state of mind, where your subconscious will be more susceptible to positive suggestion. If you have a lot of negative thoughts, feelings, and beliefs about this time of year, hypnotherapy can replace them with more positive thoughts. It can also help eliminate the feelings of anxiety and depression that are associated with SAD. The aim of sessions is always to give you the tools to manage your symptoms and regain control over your life. You don’t have to suffer!
Does your mood drop as the seasons change?
If you doctor has diagnosed SAD or you suspect that you might have it, get in touch for a consultation to find out how hypnotherapy can help you feel happier, more positive, and more relaxed, no matter the time of year.