Seasonal Change and Anxiety

I think we have left summer behind us now and embracing autumn. This season can be very picturesque with the leaves changing to rich colours. Some people are enjoying the shorter days and are looking forward to cosy evenings in front of the fire. Others may start feeling anxious due to the change of the season, including the presence of less sunlight, and the impact this all can have on our emotional wellbeing. There may be a fear that anxious thoughts and feelings escalate and spiral out of control.

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It is important to remember that we all feel anxious at times, particularly when change is in the air. This is a normal response and it is essential to be gentle with yourself. By taking a few deep breaths in and out in a controlled manner, you signal your body that you are not under a great threat. This can result in your body’s physiology to return to normal functioning. Anxious thoughts and feelings need to be acknowledged and validated. By exploring this further it is helpful to look for potential triggers in order to gain a better understanding and a way to work with our body as well as helping towards adapting to change around us.

It may be useful to speak to your family and friends about your anxious feelings. The sharing of experiences can result in a better understanding and lead to finding coping mechanisms when experiencing anxious thoughts and feelings. There is a lot of advice and guidance available on the internet too.

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If anxiety levels however continue to present in a heightened state, this can have a disabling effect on everyday life as well as stopping you from enjoying your life.  It will have an impact on working towards adapting to the change in the season or any other change in your life. It is important to remember that support is available. At MTS Psychotherapy we offer psychological support when experiencing a range of psychological symptoms. If you need psychological support and want to discuss this further via a confidential telephone conversation, why not get in touch today.

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