hypnotherapy for seasonal depression uaeThe holiday season is generally known as a time for joy, love, and celebration. However, for some, the holiday season is a time of loneliness and depression. Depression may occur at any time of the year, but the stress and anxiety during the holiday months can cause even those who are usually content to experience loneliness and a lack of fulfillment.

Some people miss their loved ones or feel depressed about the New Year. While others dread the idea of holiday parties and New Year’s Eve parties without a significant other. The holiday season can also place financial stress on many people. 

Here are a few suggestions to help you deal with your holiday depression and loneliness.

Remember You are Not Alone

While you may be feeling alone in your life right now, you are not alone. Seasonal Affective Disorder, or SAD, is a type of recurrent depressive disorder in which episodes of loneliness and depression occur during the same season each year. Commonly called the “holiday blues ” or “winter blues,” SAD can affect anyone during the holidays. However, according to research conducted by the National Alliance of Mental Health, 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse.

 

Show Yourself Some Love

Self-love is extremely important. This holiday season remember to show yourself some love and kindness. While this may not completely erase feelings of depression and loneliness, taking care of yourself or treating yourself to something special can help you to feel better. 

Being kind to yourself does not necessarily mean buying an extravagant gift or taking a vacation (although that’s nice too). Try taking a relaxing bath, spend the afternoon at the spa, start a new hobby, or learn something new. Taking time to do things that make you happy will enhance your self-esteem and help to take your focus off of your feelings of loneliness and depression.

 

Reevaluate Your Expectations

We place a great deal of pressure on ourselves during the holiday season. From giving others elaborate gifts and creating amazing holiday treats to spending a romantic evening that ends with a kiss as the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, we all feel pressured to live up to certain holiday expectations. 

The absence of a significant other or family feels magnified during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season. One way to deal with feelings of loneliness is to re-think your expectations. This holiday season, be sure to cut yourself some slack. It’s ok if you take a friend to a holiday party or to attend alone. Once you break free of expectations you may feel more free to experience the holiday without the added pressures.

 

Hypnosis for Depression

Hypnosis is a natural state of deep relaxation and heightened awareness. In 1955, hypnotherapy was officially recognised as a legitimate therapeutic technique by the British Medical Association. Since then, hypnotherapy has become an accepted and celebrated component of traditional health treatment. 

Depression Hypnotherapy concentrates on understanding and changing the patterns of behavior that trigger feelings of depression and loneliness. 

When left untreated, depression can lead to:

– Feelings of negativityhypnotherapy for seasonal depression

– Feelings of constant sadness and anxiety

– Feelings of restlessness or irritability

– Feeling worthless, helpless or guilty

– Feelings of low self-worth

– Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

– Thoughts of death or suicide

– Losing interest in things

AB Mindworks

Annie Browne and her team at AB Mindworks use hypnotic and relaxation techniques to help patients understand the triggers and root causes of their habits and behaviours to successfully treat a variety of mental health concerns, to include sleep deprivation, stress, anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and more. 

Whether you are looking to elevate your feelings of depression and loneliness this holiday or seek to live a healthier life, both physically and mentally, hypnotherapy can help. Together with the professionals at AB Mindworks, you will decide the best course of treatment for your mental health. 

Contact a member of our team to learn more.