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Health Anxiety: Managing Anxiety Hypnotherapy Health Anxiety

While the seasonal changes can be unpleasant for all, sometimes the struggle to adapt to the seasonal change can lead to depression. This form of depression affects up to 20% of the population. Furthermore, it is four times more common for women than men.

In most cases, SAD can go undiagnosed, and even those who have been diagnosed have often spent several years with the condition before getting help. With this, getting to know the signs of SAD can help to ensure you and any loved ones who may suffer from the disorder get the help they need.

Spotting The Signs Of SAD

  1. Sleep problems

Whether it is sleeping too much or not being able to fall asleep, the seasonal affective disorder can disrupt sleep patterns. This can make sufferers feel lethargic and lacking in energy. Consequently, they may be reluctant to commit to plans, meet up with friends or complete everyday tasks due to their tiredness and lethargy.

  1. Feeling guilty

Another common sign of SAD, which many people don’t realise is linked to the disorder, is an overwhelming feeling of guilt. This could be a feeling that you have let yourself or others down. Sometimes, this guilt may lead to a sense of hopelessness or a feeling of despair. Often, SAD sufferers will feel very low throughout the winter and could be fearful, apathetic or anxious.

  1. Comfort eating

In the colder winter months, it is normal for most people to reach out for comfort food. However, continuous snacking and constantly seeking out comfort food is another indicator of seasonal affective disorder. Weight gain and overeating are symptomatic of the winter blues.

  1. Feeling ill

Many people who have SAD will struggle with a weakened immune system. This means they are often more susceptible to colds, flu and other infections. Unfortunately, the feeling of continuous illness can cause the sufferer to plummet further into depression and despair.

  1. Social problems

Another common sign of the seasonal affective disorder is that many people with the disorder will close themselves off from friends and loved ones. It can cause relationship problems, especially as another symptom of SAD is a loss of libido and disinterest in physical contact. With friends and family, it may feel like the person is closing themselves off from the world, avoiding interaction and not making any effort to connect with others.

Other signs of SAD

  • A feeling of heaviness in the body especially heavy arms or legs

  • Decreased physical activity

  • Feeling irritable or annoyed

  • Struggle to concentrate or focus

  • Feeling sensitive, especially surrounding the idea of rejection

  • Carb cravings.

How To Combat Seasonal Affective Disorder

Studies have also shown that talking therapies such as life coaching, counselling, hypnotherapy and neurolinguistic programming can be effective at giving people the tools they need to cope and combat the symptoms of SAD. I regularly see clients at my hypnotherapy practice who need support with the winter blues. Using your symptoms, I can then create a bespoke blended therapy package to give you the support you need to feel good throughout winter. To find out more email to book your free consultation.

Some of the Advantages of Dealing with Anxiety using Hypnotherapy

  • Hypnotherapy is an entirely natural yet powerful treatment (in the right hands) that uses your mind and body's ability to heal itself.

  • No negative side effects. Generally speaking clients find the positive benefits of hypnotherapy affect their life much more broadly than they expected as they see improvements in several areas of life.

  • Get straight to the root causes of the anxiety, deal with and removing the driver(s) that generated the anxious feelings in the first place.

  • Hypnotherapy removes anxiety and panicky symptoms more rapidly using hypnosis than other talking therapies that don't use hypnosis.

  • Empowering you with resilience. Working with me, you will develop and master your way of dealing with anxiety and stresses in your life more positively which, if practised regularly, will allow you to be more resilient against life’s challenges in the future.

Using my advanced and unique approach, Hypnotherapy can provide you with real relief from the symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks, leaving you free to live your life in a calmer, much more balanced way.


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