Volume 9 • 2022 • Issue 6

• Healthy Workplace Series • The following article is adapted and reprinted with permission from the LifeWorks website www.workhealthlife.com Seasonal AffectiveDisorder: Surviving theWinter Blues Sentiments toward winter are as varied as the temperatures that accompany the season. For many people who dislike winter, the days and months can seem long and sometimes dismal, as they await the change of season. A major difference between people who are fond of winter and those that are not is that those who enjoy the season can usually be found participating in activities and sports that take advantage of the weather. While these outdoor sports are attractive to some, they may not be as attractive or easily accessible to others. The key to contentedness with winter is not so much the nature of the activities one engages in but rather the act of “being active.” Participating in pleasurable activities provides us with a sense of energy and vitality that contributes to our overall health and well-being. Act on “being active” Here are some tips on how you can embrace the season, become more active, and take advantage of all the activity options that winter can offer. Learning. Set a goal to learn something new and out of the ordinary each winter. For instance, each year, choose a country and become immersed in information about that country’s history, geography, language, culture or economy. Or build on knowledge from year to year by learning more about a topic that interests you. Learning can be done independently through reading, using videos, or attending general interest classes such as those offered through community programs. Relating. Connect with family and friends through simple outings that become “winter rituals.” Consider going on vacation, renting a series of movies or TV shows, or visiting friends or family out of town. Exercising. Avoid the temptation to become sedentary through committing to a short and brisk walk daily, preferably outdoors for the added benefit of fresh air. A varied exercise program doubles as both a pastime and assists with regulating our mood. Variety helps to keep motivation high, for example, attend classes or use videotapes, seek out nature trails for long walks, swim at the local pool, or take up yoga or boxing. TheMembers’AssistanceProgram (MAP) is sponsoredbyCDSPI and provides confidential short-term counselling support, professional guidance, resources and referrals for dentists, dental office staffand immediate familymembers.MAP services are complimentary and accessible24/7/365. ContactMAPat 1.844.578.4040 or visit theirwebsiteat workhealthlife.com. MAP is operatedbyLifeWorks (formerlyMorneauShepell), the largestCanadian-basedEmployee andFamilyAssistanceprovider in the country.Available services vary by region.UseofMAPservices is completely confidential within the limits of the law. 39 Issue 6 | 2022 | SupportingYour Practice