Thursday, 15 October 2020

British Summer Time Ends - Will Mental Health Issues Increase in these Covid19 times?

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We are rapidly approaching that time of the year when the clocks go back. Yes, British Summer Time (BST) is about to end and our clocks realign with the sun, noon will be at 1200. Here in the UK, it means that although we gain an hour of light in the morning we lose that all-important after-work light, at least until we get into December, when it gets dark very early.

The long summer evenings will once again become a distant memory and the dream of spring and summer next year starts to enter our minds. The lack of daylight is especially problematic for those who work inside and maybe see little daylight during these darker days. We often hear of those who suffer from SAD, Seasonal Affective Disorder which can be quite mentally debilitating and for some have an effect on their day to day lives. 

When the clocks change at 2 am on Sunday, October 25th and we wake up, yes it will be lighter but as evening approaches we soon realise what has happened with the loss of that hour of daylight. As I write this we are in the COVID19 pandemic, and many are suffering anxiety and mental health issues due to this. Not being able to mix freely and go about our daily lives the way we used to is having a negative impact. I wonder how much worse this will become during the darker months in the northern hemisphere? 

Surely we will all need to keep in mind those with whom we can't physically meet and increase our contact in other ways, such as video calling. This certainly has many benefits over a standard phone call. To be able to see someone seems much better than just hearing alone.

How are you getting on in these COVID19 days? What are you doing to minimise the effects of loneliness and lack of contact in your family and peer groups? Please add a comment in the box below, it would be good to hear from you. 

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