Workers who experience SAD may have symptoms of depression that have a significantly adverse impact on their day-to-day activities.
The illness varies greatly in its duration, but is likely to occur in cycles, with apparent recovery and then a relapse..
Which tasks are you likely to struggle with at work?
SAD is likely to affect many aspects of your teaching practice because of the overriding effects of persistent fatigue and lack of motivation.
Some of the common symptoms of SAD are:
- Lack of energy;
- Concentration problems;
- Panic attacks;
- Mood swings;
- Susceptibility to colds and flu;
What kind of adjustments may be considered?
- Light therapy;
- Temporarily reduced or changed working hours;
- Time-off work for counselling and treatment;
- Increased rest breaks;
- Memory aids e.g. written job instructions.