Often times, we think that depression is caused by unemployment. People get depressed because they don’t have work which prevents them from earning a living. In other parts, this can be true but did you know that some people experience depression because of their work? We spend 8 hours (or more than) in our work. In fact, our workplace has become our second home. It has been claimed that a person’s job can either negatively or positively affect his/her overall well-being. The moment you are suffering from depression, it is always a wise idea to ask yourself if it is your job that’s causing it.
There are many reasons why people experience depression caused by work. Some people whose jobs don’t fit their personality might get depressed. For example, working in a very relaxing environment because your boss keeps on traveling the entire week might make you feel bored and useless. Some people might find it the best job in the world but those people who want to work might find their situation depressing. You will also feel depressed if you don’t like what you are doing because then, you will have to drag yourself to go to work. You don’t get excited to work. You become unhappy and you become less productive.
Needless to say, a job can act as a source of depression especially if your personality clashes with its expectations. Depression can also occur when a person suffers from a total burn out. When a worker feels used up and drained, he/she might not function well and blames himself/herself for being unproductive. That’s when depression attacks an employee. If you feel that you are suffering from depression because of your job, here are some tips that can ward off job related depression.
Tip #1. Take some break. Even if you have a deadline to meet, take off some break from work. You might feel as if you are wasting your time but in the long run, you will realize that it can increase your productivity level.
Tip #2. Work out. Despite your busy schedule, do not forget to take some time to exercise. People who exercise regularly will have lower levels of depression compared to those people with sedentary lifestyles. Exercise can help you release endorphins – your body natural substance that makes you feel happy.
Tip #3. Be early. Do not wake up late. As much as possible, come to work 30 minutes earlier. This will allow you to take your coffee and read a good book before working. If you are late, you are more likely to get irritated and it is not a good way to start your day.
Tip #4. Take snacks. Eating foods in between work can help you curb your mood swings. However, make sure to eat healthy snacks such as fruits.
Suffering from depression is normal but you should know how to deal with it before it can eat your entire system.