With the sunshine finally giving way to rain and the nights starting to draw in, it’s not uncommon for people to experience a low mood and stress in the autumn months – especially if we have enjoyed a summer break with a spot of sea, sun, and sand.
It can also be tough to get back into the swing of things when darker mornings and early commutes become combined with working in a stressful environment.
This low mood is common in the Autumn and Winter months, and is often called SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Symptoms of SAD can include:
- a persistent low mood
- a loss of pleasure or interest in normal everyday activities
- feelings of despair, guilt and worthlessness
- feeling lethargic (lacking in energy) and sleepy during the day
- sleeping for longer than normal and finding it hard to get up in the morning
- craving carbohydrates and gaining weight
For some people, these symptoms can be severe and have a significant impact on their day-to-day activities.
Hypnotherapy and SAD
Hypnotherapy can help with SAD by improving people’s moods. We all have what I call a stress bucket, and when we experience negative thinking, that metaphorical stress bucket starts to fill up until, eventually, it starts to overflow and that’s when we can find it difficult to cope.
I help people to reduce their stress-bucket levels by encouraging them to focus on positive aspects of their lives and to work through solutions with them so that they can move forward.
Each session also has a hypnosis aspect attached to it where I can work with someone when they are in a trance state.
Trance is actually perfectly normal and we go in and out of trance on a regular basis every day – it is simply the brain’s way of processing information and emptying the stress bucket.
When a client goes into the trance state, together, we are effectively aiding them in emptying their stress bucket and so allowing them to be able to cope with life in a more contented fashion.
Stress can manifest itself in a number of ways and Solution Focused Hypnotherapy is designed to help people by focusing on future events in their life. My job is to help someone move forward by looking at ways to make tomorrow better than today.
Hypnotherapy is a fantastic tool for helping people to reduce their stress loads but, obviously, it is important that people also remember that their doctor is there if they feel they need to discuss any stress-related issues with their GP.
Solution Focused Hypnotherapy can also help with stopping smoking, weight, anger and sleep management, along with phobias (such as a fear of flying), easing pain and much more besides.