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Are you one of those people whose patience gets shorter as the daylight hours do? Do your motivation levels drop as the temperatures get lower? You could very well be dealing with a case of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?

SAD is basically the clinically acknowledged version of the dreaded winter blues. It emerges at the end of autumn and lasts through winter. That time when days are shorter, mornings darker, temperatures drop and everything just seems a bit, you know… drab.

Nobody likes crawling out of their warm beds when it’s still pitch-black outside, but SAD runs deeper than that. It’s actually caused by a hormonal imbalance. It occurs as the lack of daylight causes a hike in melatonin levels and a dip in serotonin levels.

Serotonin is the hormone which helps regulate mood and keep us happy, while melatonin is the hormone which makes us feel sleepy (hence the feeling of complete and utter exhaustion attached to SAD).

How to know if you’re suffering from SAD

Aside from lethargy and super low energy levels, some other common symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder include:

Top 10 ways to manage Seasonal Affective Disorder in the workplace

It can be a rough time, and one which can seriously impact workplace productivity. To help maintain good mental health in the workplace, there are some steps which employers and staff alike can take. They don’t just work in the office either! If your SAD symptoms are disrupting home life, give them a try there, too.

Do you suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder? Perhaps you notice your workforce are decidedly more sluggish and lower in motivation when winter rolls around? Share your thoughts and experiences with us in the comments below or by joining the conversation on Twitter or Facebook.

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Elizabeth Hughes

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