February 2019

Are You Sad?

With winter in full swing, the gray skies feel like one continuous day. Many of us begin to experience feeling more fatigued earlier in the day and having low energy. We start to notice that our work is affected, it’s difficult to focus, we’re more easily agitated, and we may even lose interest in the activities that we normally take part in. If you have any of these symptoms, you may be experiencing Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

SAD is a form of depression that is related to seasonal changes. It most commonly affects people during the winter months, especially as the days are shorter and there is less sunlight. When the symptoms of SAD linger, do not brush it off as a case of “winter blues” and try to tough it out alone. There are steps you can take to brighten your mood and ensure you stay focused throughout the months to follow.

To help pick you up on the days you feel caught in the blues, you could try some self-care techniques such as meditating and deep breathing to help you reset your mind. Another approach is exercising or practicing yoga to help you physically relax. If you work in an area where there is low light, make your surrounding environment a little brighter by opening blinds or moving items in front of windows to let in the sunlight. On your break and/or lunch, get outside! Even on a cloudy day, the outdoor light can help you feel better, whether you take a small walk outside or sit on a chair, soak up the natural sunlight.

It is normal to feel down some days, but when these feelings linger and you don’t seem to get motivated to do your normal activities, you may need to see a doctor. The Member Assistance Program (MAP) can help put you in contact with a doctor or therapist who could help. All calls are strictly confidential. For more information, call Jennifer Lipack, our MAP Director, at (516) 294-1338 Ext. 1304

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