SAD: Don’t Be Sad This Winter: Help Your Workplace Wellness

As winter is well and truly upon us, SAD is something that we need to prepare for. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that is associated with winter months. This disease occurs by the lack of light, particularly affecting countries that are relatively far from the equator, such as Ireland. This depression affects roughly one in 15 people in Ireland between the months of September and April. This most severe months for this disease is during December, January and February. The theory behind SAD is due to the shorter days of sunlight, this results in a lesser degree of the neurotransmitter serotonin as it is converted to melatonin to encourage sleep. What are the symptoms of SAD? Depression – feeling very low and sad in yourself. Can also be a feeling of failure and hopelessness Difficulty to sleep/oversleeping - sleeping patterns can be distributed which can result in struggling to fall asleep or finding it very difficult to wake up in the morning Social Interactions – struggling to interact in social situations or finding yourself very withdrawal in social interactions Weakened immune system – more vulnerable than usual to catch winter colds and flu Lethargy – feeling…