The Power of Showing Up

We had the incredible pleasure of speaking with Michael, a participant who completed our Journey to Success Program. The Journey to Success (JTS) program aims to provide the skills for individuals to join the workforce or change career paths.   “It is designed to meet the needs of unemployed and marginally employed Indigenous people to support …

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Six Ways to Cope with the “Winter Blues”

6 Ways to Cope with the ‘Winter Blues’ During the Cold Winter Months

Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D), also commonly known as the ‘Winter Blues’, is a type of depression that is caused by a lack of sunlight / Vitamin D (which is a natural vitamin from the sun) during colder months. A few of the common symptoms of SAD include: low energy, changes in appetite and weight, difficulty concentrating, troubles sleeping, loss of interest in activities that were once enjoyable, etc. Due to the reduced amount of sunlight during the autumn and winter months, our bodies are not exposed to enough light / Vitamin D and therefore our serotonin and melatonin levels are affected. As we all adjust to the cold again, it is important to be aware of and watch for the symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D). Here are 6 ways to lift your spirits whether you feel low or need something fun to do: