The clocks are changing this weekend which means we all get an extra hour in bed. At 2 am on Sunday, we will gain an extra hour, as such, as we lay under the duvet. While an extra hour in bed might seem ideal, the change in time can have an impact on our mental health. 

Recent research has shown that putting the clocks back just 1 hour can reduce how much sleep we get, and it can even affect our mood. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline

Those of us who suffer from depression or seasonal affective disorder (SAD) may find that their symptoms are slightly to significantly worse during this time. The good news is that approximately 3 weeks after the clocks have changed, the symptoms are likely to improve. This is because by then we would have got used to the change in time. 

Anyone who suffers from depression will not get as much feel-good sunlight as we get during the spring and summer months. While we might try to exercise and get enough sleep, it can be hard to lift our mood and feel less irritable. However, we can all practice a few self-care tips when the clocks change enabling us to take better care of ourselves. 

 

Self-Care Tips 

  • Consider using artificial sunlight to help your brain get the light it needs. Some lights even come with a timer and gently wake you up in the morning. They can help to reset your body clock and thereby encourage you to feel better. 
  • Think about spending more time outside. You don’t have to be outdoors for hours, but around 30 minutes each day could help. 

  • Look after your health. Some conditions such as hypothyroidism and hypoglycemia can look a lot like seasonal affective disorder. It’s worth speaking to your doctor if you have any concerns as they can help you get the care you need.
  • Did you know that when the clocks change it’s more important than ever to have a sleep schedule? A sleep schedule can help you to get the sleep you need. Try not to have too many naps during the day as they can disrupt your sleep. 

 

If You’re Struggling 

If you start to struggle or you’re struggling now, please know you’re not alone. Whether you are looking for help with mental health in South Milford, Hillam, Barlby, or anywhere else, you can ask for help.

Your doctor, community groups and online support groups are there to help you. You might also want to think about telling a trusted friend or family member about how you’re feeling. Talking to someone can make you feel better and help you to get the support you need. 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk