Combatting seasonal affective disorder in the workplace
Posted on 14th February 2019 at 16:57
There’s a very visible seasonal slump that occurs over winter. Motivations ebb and the communal lull in energy is almost bonding. This is natural – almost everyone feels chirpier when the sun is shining.
So how can we distinguish whether employees are genuinely feeling the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD), and what can we do to make their working lives easier?
What is seasonal affective disorder?
The symptoms of seasonal affective disorder are the same as normal depression. Unlike all-year-round depression, however, SAD is triggered by a lack of exposure to sunlight (or so it’s thought). This cycle of depression begins in autumn or winter and starts to improve in spring as the nights draw out.
SAD sufferers will generally experience any of the following:
Lethargy and decreased energy levels
A constant low mood
Reduced concentration levels
Difficulty getting out of bed in the morning