Hypnosis for SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder
This time of the year – As the clocks go back and the days get shorter, thousands of people will be dreading the effect the darker nights will have on their mood and overall wellbeing. Around seven per cent of UK adults suffer from the condition known as seasonal affective disorder or S.A.D
Reduced exposure to sunlight results in feeling depressed and lethargic – and in extreme cases can severely affect everything from work performance to relationships with others.
A variety of tools and techniques including hypnotherapy can help both individuals and groups with their experiences and providing hypnotherapy-based coping methods.
These include meditation and ‘gratitude boards’, aimed at helping to identify and focus on the positive aspects of their lives during the darker seasons, in order to overcome their feelings of loss.
People who suffer with SAD are thought to produce too much of the sleep hormone melatonin when the days become shorter, resulting in them wanting to sleep all the time. Insufficient exposure to sunlight also results in their bodies not producing enough of the feel-good hormone serotonin, and thus their tiredness is often coupled with depression.
Artificial light boxes and visors are one of the most common treatments for this condition and they often do help to ease the symptoms, although in some cases they have been linked to side effects like nausea, however, hypnotherapy can also be very effective, by providing sufferers with techniques for focusing on more positive aspects of the autumn and winter season, and introducing affirmative actions like meditation into their daily routines.
When someone is prone to SAD, it can become a bit of a vicious circle for them. If they’ve felt at a low ebb before, they will start to dread the night’s drawing in, because they will immediately associate them with feelings ranging from low spirit to claustrophobia, agoraphobia and overwhelming tiredness.
Hypnotherapy provides techniques to re-set their mindset and change someone’s whole outlook during the darker nights and help to make them feel much better.
Using methods such as meditation and visualization, they can focus on all the pleasant things they associate with the changing of the seasons – from cosy nights in with the family, to wrapping up warm and taking a brisk walk. Our minds are incredibly powerful organs and we can train them to think any way we want them to – including having positive feelings about the Autumn and winter months.
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Donna – Clinical hypnotherapist & coach