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December 14, 2021

Is Seasonal Affective Disorder Impacting Your Sales Job Search? How to Overcome It:

Your mental health can play a big role in your mood and how you perform professionally. Over the winter it is common for many people to experience the effects of…

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Elizabeth Vixner

Your mental health can play a big role in your mood and how you perform professionally. Over the winter it is common for many people to experience the effects of seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This is a type of depression that can result in a number of behavioural changes that can affect how you function. This includes having low energy, feeling sluggish, weight gain and overall feeling unwell.

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SAD can discourage people from looking for a new job and it could affect how you perform during job interviews. Even though the effects may only last for a few days, weeks, or months, it’s important to take steps to reduce its impact.


How to Overcome Seasonal Affective Disorder

Here are some strategies for minimizing the effect of SAD:

  • Take Vitamin D: Try a Vitamin D supplement to ensure you are getting enough of it during the winter. It is one of the easiest and most effective ways to combat SAD.
  • Healthy diet: This is important all the time. But maintaining a healthy and balanced diet will ensure you are nourishing your body and mind. This will help you keep and sustain your energy levels.
  • Get active: Exercise is one of the best remedies to help overcome the effects of seasonal affective disorder. It will release endorphins, have a positive impact on your mood, and help reduce anxiety. Just getting outside and going for a daily walk can do wonders.
  • Social interaction: Maintaining positive social interactions with your friends and family will help bring positive energy into your life. This will help you get your mind off things.
  • Try something new: Whether it’s taking a course to add a new sales skill, signing up for a spin class, picking up a new book, or just trying something you’ve always wanted to do, this can help create some excitement in your life. It gives you something to look forward to.
  • Get professional assistance: Sometimes, no matter what you do, you won’t be able to shake the effects of SAD. It’s okay. It happens to lots of people. But it’s important you take action by speaking with your doctor. They could recommend counseling, visiting a psychotherapist, or suggesting some medication to overcome the effects (be cautious with what medication you take).

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sales recruiter Liz Vixner

Elizabeth Vixner

Elizabeth is a sales recruiter that has led and developed multiple top sales teams in Canada in the Automotive, Retail, and Sports Industries. With 6+ years of corporate sales experience, she knows what separates a good salesperson from a great salesperson. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Specialization in Marketing and Accounting with Honours from the Schulich School of Business at York University.