Hypnotherapy can help those suffering with depression and anxiety whatever the weather!
As the winter season comes to an end, a local hypnotherapist is highlighting how hypnotherapy can help clients who might be suffering after a long hard winter.
Depression and anxiety are on the increase in the UK, with more than 12 million people going to see their GP with some form of mental health issue each year, with many more struggling on without any form of help. For some people, the dreary days of winter exacerbates their existing symptoms, and for others, depression and anxiety are quite specific to this time of year.
Whilst many seem to relish long days and evenings indoors with their loved ones, for some people this time of year only worsens their feelings of isolation, depression and loneliness, and for others, the struggle to cope with the pressures associated with having a good time, managing finances, family and all of the associated stressors creates a tremendous feeling of anxiety.
What sorts of things cause this “Winter Stress/ Anxiety/ Depression”? Well, it depends as these feelings are all individual, and of course what makes one person sad, anxious or depressed may not affect another person at all.
Typical sources of winter stress can include the general doom and gloom often associated with seemingly endless cold wet weather, financial worries due to increased heating costs and often the effects of lack of exercise due to more time spent indoors, all in all, this can be a very difficult time of year and sometimes the pressure of spending increased time indoors with people (often family) can lead to relationship tension.
There’s been a lot of talk in recent times of environmental factors too, and Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is now well recognised with a variety of light aids to assist this condition, such as light boxes which recreate natural daylight.
So it’s not a great time for those who feel depressed or anxious and symptoms can range from increased headaches, excessive drinking, comfort eating, insomnia, trouble concentrating, to mood swings, fatigue and tearfulness. So what can be done to help?
Well, Hypnotherapy can help by assisting people to overcome negative thinking styles while in a safe, supportive environment. Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (SFH) uses practical, modern and well-researched strategies to help people make significant, positive changes in their lives in a relatively short period of time.
SFH therapists look at what the client wants to achieve rather than on the problem(s) that prompted them to seek change. The approach focuses on the present and future and not on the past. This enables the client to identify possible solutions themselves and work towards them.
Hypnosis itself reduces anxiety and this is done very simply through relaxation and visualisation, allowing the client to focus on the positive aspects of their lives that encourages a shift in perspective.
The Association for Solution Focused Hypnotherapy (AfSFH) has been established to promote the benefits of the Solution Focused approach to improving mental well-being so that the public are more aware of this valuable resource.
Local Hypnotherapist Graham McDowell is a member of the AfSFH and is enthusiastic about how hypnotherapy helps clients at this time of year. “I have been able to help a number of people to deal with increased sadness, depression and anxiety due to the effects of a long hard winter. It is such a powerful and truly positive technique as we are able to work with what the client wants to happen rather than focus on negatives. It’s great to know that we can work with people to proactively help them have a happier life, whatever the weather.”