January’s cold, dark days can make us feel unusually sad, tired, or frustrated. If you’re dealing with seasonal depression, you’re not alone – it’s a common problem that affects millions of Americans. While depression is a serious illness that can require the help of a therapist or counselor, there are some changes you can make to help yourself get through these cold, dark months.
Here are three steps you can take if you need help with seasonal depression:
- Get the support you need
We have several programs available for Laborers and families to help support your mental, emotional, and social health. Contact the Laborers’ Support Network for 24/7 telehealth support if you need someone to talk to. If you’re struggling with addiction, the LEAN Recovery Program can help you get through your challenges. If you’re in danger and need to talk to someone, call 988 to connect to the suicide and crisis lifeline.
- Keep social ties strong
When we’re tired and depressed, making time for friends and family might be the last thing we want to do. However, spending time with loved ones is an important way to lift your spirits and recharge your energy. In addition, attending union meetings is a great way to not only stay informed, but also to spend time with your union brothers and sisters.
- Utilize Real Appeal
January is a great month to form healthy habits, which can often result in improving your mental health. The Real Appeal online weight loss program is personalized and customizable, so Laborers on the go can lose weight without sacrificing time or energy better spent on the job site. Sign up for Real Appeal by visiting masslaborers.realappeal.com.
As always, please don’t hesitate to contact MLBF for help. We’re here to support you this winter and beyond!