Depression and Your Office Environment: What You Need to Know

Depression, while often hiding in plain sight, ranks among the top three workplace problems for employee assistance professionals, resulting in 3% of total short-term disability days. For context, that’s more disability than what’s caused by heart disease, hypertension and diabetes—all in the form of an illness that isn’t nearly as visible as a broken bone.…

Go Take A Hike – For Mental and Physical Health

If you’re in front of a computer or smart phone reading this, you’re clearly doing a poor job of celebrating National Take A Hike Day! Established by the American Hiking Society, Take a Hike day aims to encourage families, friends, and individuals to get away from their routines and experience nature while improving health. The…

More than Just a Scary Face: The Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Carved into faces and lit from within, pumpkins have protected homes from the mythical “Stingy Jack” for centuries. But this humble squash, packed full of nutrients to benefit your heart, bones, eyes, and skin, is good for so much more than scaring off evil spirits. So before the neighborhood teenagers swipe it from your front…

Counteracting Stress in the Office

The modern office is often considered to one of the safer work environments out there—certainly less hazardous than a construction site. When it comes to stress, however, office jobs are far from being harmless. 33% of office workers feel as if they’re living with extreme stress, which can easily contribute to depression and anxiety—both capable…

Is Autumn Making You S.A.D.? Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder

For many, the first day of autumn kicks off a season of apple picking, foliage tours, and evenings by the fire pit. But for others, it signals the beginning of a months-long struggle with depression, brought about by a significant reduction in sunlight. What is Seasonal Affective Disorder? Seasonal Affective Disorder (S.A.D.) is a form…

Three Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants

Depression is one of the world’s most misunderstood mood disorders, affecting people from all walks of life. While mild depression can make getting through the day more difficult than it should be, major depressive disorder—affecting roughly 6.7% of the population—can actually put you out of work. It’s a leading cause of disability worldwide, and no…