The “winter blues” is more than just a saying.
It’s estimated that over 10 million Americans suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder every year. 6% of these cases become so severe that hospitalization is necessary.
We know that for many of the men and women in the trades, their chances of experiencing SAD and depression are much higher.
This is due to the long work hours, the separation from friends and family, the amount of time spent in the outdoors during the cold, and the pressure felt to preform well at work.
It’s important to recognize the signs and symptoms of these conditions as early as possible, so that treatment can begin.
Symptoms include feelings of sadness, lack of energy, over sleeping, irritability, weight gain and a change in appetite among other things.
If you or someone you know are struggling with these symptoms, it’s recommended that you seek professional help. There are also some small, everyday things that can increase your mood and energy levels, to keep you feeling more like yourself.
- Drink more water
- Get on a regular sleep schedule
- Spend time with your pet
- Change your diet for the better
Get more information on this disorder and things that you can do to help by reading the links below.