Understanding Seasonal Affective Disorder
What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Seasonal Affective Disorder is also referred to as SAD. It is a form of depression that is triggered by changes in the seasons. The symptoms typically begin at the same time each year. Most people notice that they start having symptoms in the fall, and they continue into the winter. In rare cases, people develop SAD in the spring and summer.
Symptoms of SAD
Oversleeping, weight gain, anxiety and overeating are some of the possible symptoms of SAD. People who develop SAD in the spring or summer may experience appetite loss, weight loss and insomnia. Fatigue is another symptom that is common in people who suffer from SAD.
Causes of SAD
Changes in your circadian rhythm are one of the things that can possibly trigger SAD. The decrease in sunlight during the fall and winter months can cause changes in your circadian rhythm. Serotonin also decreases during the winter months. It helps regulate your mood. If your serotonin levels drop, then you will be more prone to depression.
Additionally, a change in melatonin production can also disrupt your circadian rhythm. There are also risk factors that put you at risk for SAD. This includes family history, preexisting depression and living far away from the equator.
How to Manage SAD
Expose Yourself to Artificial Light
There are fewer daylight hours, but you can still expose yourself to artificial light. You can sit in front of a light box for 30 minutes per day. The light helps regulate circadian rhythm and stimulate melatonin production.
You do not have to use light therapy for a long time in order to reap the benefits of it. In fact, some studies suggest that using light therapy for one week can be just as effective as using it for two weeks.
Exercise is effective for alleviating all types of depression, and that includes SAD. Physical activity is a natural mood booster. It is best for you to exercise outside because exposing your skin to the sun can also boost your mood. However, if the weather prevents you from going outside, then you can reap the same benefits by exercising indoors.
Not only does exercise boost your mood but it can also prevent weight gain.
Talk to Your Doctor
If exercise and light therapy does not work, then you may want to talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you start taking antidepressants. Your doctor may also recommend talk therapy.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse
Hurt + Jesus = Hope
You are not alone! All of us will have a time in your life where we grieve. There are many reasons for that. You may lose someone that you love, suffer a loss of a relationship, have difficulty within your families. There are many reasons for grieving. The most important thing to remember is that you are not alone.
Parish Nurse Ministry at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church provides a Grief Support Group the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 1:00 pm in the Counting Room. This group is open to everyone in the church and community.
We invite you to come and hear messages that will lift your spirit. This group is about coming into a safe place to talk, share or perhaps just soak in the experiences of others.
If you have any questions or would like more information, feel free to call me at 704-633-0922 (church office) or email me.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse
The Parish Nurse Ministry sponsors Women of Faith Bible Study every 2nd Thursday, with few exceptions, at 11:00 a.m. in the Conference Room and picks a place to eat afterwards.
We are excited to continue our partnership with Community Blood Center of the Carolinas with our 2019 blood drives scheduled on the second Monday in February, May, August, and November from 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with a goal of 35 units.
Average in and out times is less than an hour. Making an appointment helps to prevent a back-log of donors during the collection period.
Parish Nursing coordinates with Rowan Helping Ministries their needs for the month.
Please check your weekly Epistle for the ongoing needs of this needed ministry.
Thank you for your generous and thoughtful gifts to those less fortunate!
Rowan One Church One Child is a partnership between Rowan County Department of Social Services and Rowan County churches whose purpose is to ensure healthy, safe and protective outcomes for Rowan County children and teenagers who are victimized and traumatized by sexual, physical, and emotional abuse, neglect, or dependency who are currently receiving Child Protective, In-Home Case Management, Foster Care or Adoption services from the RCDSS Children Services Division. ROCOC's goal is to keep birth families intact or assist relative caregivers who provide care to children. Please contact Jon Hunter at (704) 216-7914 for more information about this program.
St. Paul's Lutheran Church sponsors Rowan One Church One Child. During the year, Parish Nursing highlights items that are needed for this ministry. We thank you for your generosity and support. Please continue to review your weekly Epistle and monthly Epistle for how you can help.
The Parish Nurse Ministry is designed to build on and strengthen the capabilities of individuals, families, and the church congregation, to understand and care for themselves and one another in light of their relationship to God.
Parish Nursing is a program focusing on holistic concepts of health care and the belief that health involves the integration of body, mind, and spirit.
CHS in collaboration with the St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet and church leadership, supports the Parish Nurse Ministry in an effort to positively impact the health status of the church community. The St. Paul's Health Ministry Cabinet is composed of volunteers who are interested in a holistic approach to health care.
•Personal Health Counselor: The Parish Nurse advocates for individuals by discussing health concerns and offering knowledge of health options while supporting individuals as they make choices to meet their health needs.
•Pastoral Partner: In collaboration with the Pastor and staff, the Parish Nurse participates in the ongoing transformation of the faith community into a source of health and healing.
•Referral Service: The Parish Nurse serves as a liaison between the church and community resources.
•Health Education: The Parish Nurse collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet provides information for the church community through bulletin inserts, seminars, group support, and health screening activities.
•Facilitator and Resource: The Parish Nurse identifies health and wellness needs within the faith community collaborating with the St. Paul's Health Cabinet to coordinate health resources within the congregation.
Did you know that the church has a direct line for you to reach our Parish Nurse, Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, during the week and weekends? The phone line was added to allow for your privacy concerning sensitive health questions and/or concerns. Your calls will be returned within 24-48 hours.
To reach her, please call (704) 431-6633.
You can also email Jill Earnhardt, RN, FCN, Parish Nurse.
Jill Earnhardt, RN, is the Parish Nurse for St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Jill is native to Rowan County and graduated from East Rowan High School. She is a graduate of Stanly Community College with a degree in Respiratory Therapy as well as a Registered Nurse. She is married to Perry Earnhardt and has 2 beautiful daughters, Jenna Earnhardt Shay and Ivy Earnhardt. In her spare time she is very active in her church, enjoys spending time with her family. She enjoys spending time with her faithful companion, her dog Judge and her chickens. She is engaged in a special educational program for Parish Nursing and is associated with Carolinas Health Care System.
Jill is a warm individual skilled in the art of caring. Professional and well-qualified, she is ready to treat you as a whole person, taking into account your physical, emotional, and spiritual well being with confidentiality.