Are you suffering from SAD?
Do you dread the long winter nights? Do you begin to experience low moods during winter? Does winter leave you feeling lethargic, depressed, anxious or stressed? It’s possible you may be experiencing SAD.
With the seasons changing as we move into Autumn, some people suffering from SAD may be noticing this change of season reflected in the way they feel. So what is SAD? Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that occurs in a seasonal pattern, with the feelings of depression becoming worse during the winter months and usually easing off more as the spring and summer months return. So what are the symptoms?
Here are five common symptoms of SAD:
Feelings of depression can include an extended period of low mood, low energy levels, guilt, low self-esteem, negative feelings. Experiencing these feelings as the seasons changes each year from summer to winter is usually the most noticeable sign you may be suffering from SAD.
Feeling more anxious as the seasons change is a common symptom of SAD. Feeling restless, worrying and experiencing difficulty relaxing or concentrating during Autumn and Winter are all signs of experiencing SAD related anxiety.
3. Loss of libido
Noticing a reduced level of sex drive during the winter months as well as reduced interest in physical contact is a common symptom of Seasonal Affective Disorder.
4. Weight gain
If you suffer from SAD it is common to experience a weight gain during the winter months as your desire to consume carbohydrates in an attempt to lift your mood increases. This weight gain can also be down to a decreased desire to go outside or exercise during the winter.
5. Sleeping issues
When suffering from SAD, it is common to find your usual sleeping pattern interrupted. Often more sleep is required or you may notice a difficulty to stay awake in the day. Alternatively, you may find yourself beginning to experience insomnia.
These are just some of the symptoms of SAD, all of which and more can be helped by Hypnotherapy. Hypnotherapy can help to eliminate feelings of anxiety and depression that come with SAD as well as alter the negative thoughts and beliefs that follow. This can help you come to a place of acceptance and equip you with the tools necessary to manage the symptoms.
About the author
My name is Emily and I am a qualified hypnotherapist and counsellor working out of London, Canary Wharf and Essex. I specialise in taking a holistic approach to physical and mental wellness and my main areas of focus are diet and weight control, anxiety, stress and low self-esteem.
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