Hypnotherapy and SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder)

As the seasons change and we move into winter SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can impact many people.  SAD is known as winter depression however some people may suffer during the summer months too.  Symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Changes in appetite
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Low libido
  • Low mood
  • Not wanting to see anyone
  • Problems with sleep

SAD is linked to reduced sunlight during the autumn and winter months, that lack of sunlight has an affect on part of the brain called the hypothalamus.  This can prevent:

  • The production of serotonin: A hormone that affects your mood, appetite and sleep.
  • The production of melatonin: This hormone makes you sleepy, levels are often higher in people who suffer with SAD.
  • Genetics:  Research has shown that people who suffer from SAD disorder have relatives who have the same condition.

There are some things you can try yourself to help with SAD symptoms. Even if you don’t have SAD, these self care tips can help you to look after yourself during the winter months.

  1. Exercise:  Getting as much natural light as possible.  Walking outside can help increase endorphins such as serotonin and dopamine making us feel good reducing stress and depression.
  2. Eat well: Eating a healthy well balanced diet and drinking plenty of water ensures that your brain is getting everything it needs to keep you energised and healthy.   Try to avoid sugar, processed foods and alcohol which can increase symptoms that can make you feel worse.
  3. Regulate sleep patterns:  By following a consistent schedule can improve the quality of your sleep, try to do your best to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day.  Avoid taking long naps as this may make you feel worse.
  4. Relationships: Avoid isolation.  Spend time with positive and supportive loved ones who can hep you through these hard periods.

Hypnotherapy can also benefit you if you are suffering from SAD as it increases the production of serotonin in the brain.  In a very short time it will help you create a more positive outlook, change patterns of behaviour replacing negative beliefs with positive ones.

It can also help reduce stress and anxiety making it easier for you to cope with emotions and challenges of the season, bringing a sense of calm, confidence and self-esteem.  Because SAD can so often disrupt sleep, hypnosis can hep you regulate your sleep pattern enabling you to cope better in your everyday life increasing positivity, motivation and confidence.

I hold an enhanced DBS and am fully insured to work with both adults and children.

Karen Melhuish at Mynd Hypnotherapy

  • Member of the Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH)
  • The National Council of Hypnotherapy (NCH)
  • Registered with The Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNCH)

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