Ditch the winter blues…

Posted on Thursday, January 30, 2020 by Charlotte HannaNo comments

It’s easy to feel low in winter. The festive season is over, the cold weather is taking it toll on both your commute and your immune system. Days are filled with chilly mornings that make getting out bed a chore, navigating sick co-workers, and trudging through grey days fit for hibernating. What is clear is that the winter blues are real. If you notice a persistent lethargy following you around and impacting your mood, something more than the basic cold-weather doldrums may be at play. You may be struggling with seasonal affective disorder (SAD).

Experts believe that SAD is related to hormonal changes during certain times of the year. The lack of daylight in the winter months throws off the body’s natural rhythm and lowers serotonin–a brain chemical related to energy and mood. The result can be feelings of sadness, fatigue, and even physical changes like insomnia and weight gain.

  • You’re super sensitive to stress, quick to anger, or feel anxious
  • You avoid social interactions with colleagues
  • You feel a loss of passion towards your job, interests, or tasks you usually enjoy
  • You’re apathetic towards work and your goals
  • You have trouble concentrating
  • You’re oversleeping–and it’s negatively impacting your life, causing you to be late or miss important commitments
  • Your afternoon cravings for sweets are out of control
  • You need an entire weekend on the couch to recoup because you’re so exhausted
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