20.2.18

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and Seasons in General

Today we are talking about Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and the seasons in general that we face in life and business. If you are prone to SAD or generally feeling blue this time of year or know someone who does suffer please chat to us in the comments below.

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern. SAD is sometimes known as "winter depression" because the symptoms are more apparent and tend to be more severe during the winter. The symptoms often begin in the autumn as the days start getting shorter.

About 3% of the population are estimated to suffer from seasonal affective disorder, a debilitating illness which prevents those affected from functioning normally without appropriate treatment. About 20% of people in the UK experience mildly debilitating symptoms of Sad which is commonly called winter blues. All degrees of SAD can affect mood, sleep and appetite as well as lack of energy, concentration problems, anxiety, overeating, loss of libido, social and relationship problems and sudden mood changes or periods of hypomania (over-activity) in spring.

Nature has seasons and we accept them, we don't fight against them, probably because there is nothing we can do about it, it is going to happen whether we like it or not. So why do we fight against the seasons in other areas of our life? EVERYTHING is seasonal.

SAD in Business

Decision Making
If you or someone in your company's leadership team suffers with SAD it will massively impact on their decision making. It is essential to have a few different perspectives on major decisions during the winter months, I would even go as far as to sad that major decisions shouldn't be made in the depths of winter or the height of summer!

Self Sabotaging
Feeling bad in general can lead to self-sabotaging, especially in successful businesswomen. Success comes with a price and carries weight which at times can be too much to bear. Without realising it, you could be self-sabotaging your success to lighten your load.

Negativity
Negative thoughts bread more negative thoughts which turn into negative words and could create a negative culture in your company. All in all, it can send you and your team into a downward spiral fast! If you understand that you suffer with SAD or notice someone on your team suffering nip negativity in the bud and focus on positive things. It's not that you ignore the negative things but you deal with them one on one with the person suffering or if the whole team is a bit down tell them you will come back to that at a later date and then plan a team social or something positive to boost morale.


Solutions

Natural Light
The Royal College of Psychiatrists strongly recommends seeking as much exposure to natural light as possible. Go for a walk, have a cup of tea outside or do things that you enjoy or get a light box if you really don't want to go out into the cold and sit in front of it for 30 - 60 minutes a day.

Exercise
Boosting your endorphin levels and getting your blood pumping with exercise is good for you any time of year but it will help you with SAD too. It's probably the last thing you feel like doing but if you can get yourself moving regularly you will feel a bit better.

Stay Warm
Many people who suffer with SAD also tend to dislike the cold. Keeping warm both indoors and outdoors can help too.

Slow Down
Take the pressure off of yourself and half your diary commitments. Understand that you are no good to anyone if you have no energy anyway.

Have Fun
Dot things that you enjoy into your days and weeks so that the days don't drag on and on.

Rest
Why do we always push ourselves to function at 100mph constantly. Rest is a good and healthy thing, if you need to rest then rest. It might just mean sitting and having a quiet cup of tea during the day or for some it could mean a nap or going to be early.

PRAY
All the above is what we can do in the natural but God is above nature and can intervene in the most extraordinary way. Take your burdens to Him because He really does care for you.

If you really can't manage and find that you are losing weight or sleep and if you are feeling suicidal you must get in touch with a doctor.

Watch the full video of my talk on this subject below.






6.2.18

Being a Christian in Business

Previously I shared a glimpse into how my passion for business, and being a Christian in business started. Today, I would like to share a talk that I did recently to a group of Christian business men and women at Transform Work UK event.
Being a Christian at work or while running a business doesn't change that fact that you still have to do the work or run the business! Everything isn't instantly easy because you are a Christian. It's not always easy finding the delicate balance between being a Christian and building a business or career. We can quickly lose focus on one or the other and keeping your eyes on Jesus no matter what you are doing in your everyday ordinary life is essential. Here is a quick summary of my talk but watch the video for more.

It's For Him
It's all about Jesus

No matter what we do it's important to remember who we do it for. Having that perspective means that every moment in every situation is kept in perspective. If we aim to do our work for Him then we will do it very differently to how we would do it for ourselves only. Learning what it means to do it for Him and how to do that practically is a journey that you and the Holy Spirit will go on - He will teach and guide you every step of the way if you allow Him to.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters - Colossians 3:23

It's For You
Only Jesus satisfies

 The Apostle Paul said that he had learned to be satisfied with little and with much and we too can learn that because our work, our money or our possessions can't satisfy us in the long run. They may satisfy for a moment but the feeling quickly wears off and we need the next pursuit. It is the gift of God for us to enjoy our life and be satisfied with it but only when we stop striving and what being satisfied means.

That each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their toil—this is the gift of God. - Ecclesiastes 3:13

It's With You
You still need to do your part

As I said previously, being a Christian in business doesn't make easy and doesn't guarantee your business success either. You have to do your part by being good at what you do, learning what you need to learn, walking in God's ways, becoming who he wants you to become and good old-fashioned hard work. A part of your journey will even include failures because that's how we learn too. Embrace it all and do your part whilst staying close to God and allowing Him to be God of it all.

Watch the full talk below.




I hope my story encourages you in some way, what challenges to do face in your place of work? In my next post, I will share some practical tips on how to be salt and light whilst still building a career or a business.

Love

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