Sister Sarah’s Wisdom: Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder
Winter, the longest month in the Midwest, brings shorter days and less sunlight, affecting the mental well-being of many individuals. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects people during this time, leading to symptoms such as low moods, loss of interest, fatigue and more.
Sister Sarah Hennessey, recognizing the challenges presented by SAD, suggests turning to creative outlets. At FSPA, individuals can access free drop-in times for art, poetry and journaling. FSPA offers these sessions, fostering a supportive community. The strength of coming together as a community is evident in everyone working together to overcome the winter blues. Sister Sarah emphasizes the therapeutic benefits of these activities, providing an avenue for expression and self-discovery.
Another important factor is maintaining a healthy life-work balance. Taking time for oneself, fostering personal connections and ensuring a balance between professional and personal life contribute significantly to overall mental health.
Moreover, physical activity plays an important role in combating SAD. Activities like walking, jogging, yoga and more release endorphins, lifting moods and energy levels. The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration encourage a holistic approach to mental well-being.
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