Have you ever sat at your desk, stopped whatever it was you were doing and just thought ‘What am I doing with my life and why am I here?’
Do you ever feel so pushed to your limits at work that you just want to chuck everything down and leave? These are both simple examples of what workplace depression can feel like, and it’s only a downward spiral from there.
Do you think you might have workplace depression? Here are seven reasons you might have it;
WORKING THE WRONG JOB
Sometimes, you might find yourself in a role that you never assumed you’d be in and now you’re working in the wrong role, either for your skill set or your own happiness.
A GUILTY PERSON
Is work taking up too much time during the week and you feel guilty for not spending enough time with other people, such as your friends, partner or children?
If you hate the people you work with, and you can’t even bear looking at them, or they make so angry, the chances are you’re going to hate going to work.
ALL WORK, NO PLAY
Do you work ridiculously long hours and find that you don’t have enough ‘you’ time, making you feel like you’re working all the time?
FEELING OF BEING TRAPPED
Sometimes, you might find yourself in a role where you can’t leave this job for whatever reason, maybe financially, and it’s scaring you?
“If you morally disagree with the work that you’re completing, this will have a huge effect your working ability and happiness, such as a vegan working in a meat factory” – explains Joana Kelly, a psychologist and Huffington Post writer.
POOR WORKING CONDITIONS
You might be working in a place where the conditions are extremely poor, health and safety aren’t great, and it makes you feel unappreciated or cared about.
How to Prevent Workplace Depression?
To help you get back on your feet and back to your happy self, here are six ways you can prevent and avoid workplace depression.
REDUCE COFFEE INTAKE
I’m going to start with a lease favourite by coffee, typically used to make us feel more alert and more awake, can actually cause a lot of depression-based problems as it plays with your mind, waking you up and making you tired.
CONSUME GREEN TEA
Now, you’re probably looking for something to replace your coffee with, so why not go for something proven to be incredibly healthy for your mind and body; green tea! Full of antioxidants, you’re sure to reduce workplace depression.
Meditation is becoming increasingly popular in the Western world, especially since apps like Headspace have become so popular. This is because they work and can make you feel better, especially at work when you’re feeling depressed.
TRY FREE WRITING
Also known as journalism, or keeping a diary, free writing is a great way to get your thoughts and feelings down on paper, so you don’t have to build it up inside, helping to fuel the chance of suffering from workplace depression.
There are also many tools you can use to help you free write more effectively and therefore more beneficially. Some of these are:
Academadvisor – a tool you can use to improve your grammar skills.
Grammarix – a copywriting tool that helps you go through your writing and advise how to improve it.
Via Writing – a service you can use for improving your spelling skills.
Let’s go and learn – a writing service that can help you to improve your editing skills.
My writing way – a writing service that can help you proofread your free writing.
If like many, you simply chow down a chocolate bar and a bag of crisps for your lunch, the chances are that you don’t eat healthily at work which can be a huge cause of depression. Try replacing that chocolate bar with an apple and see how much better it makes you feel.
CHANGE YOUR JOB
Of course, you might try everything above, and you still find that you’re miserable and depressed while you’re at work. If this is the case, it’s time to start looking for a new job. As far as we know, this is the only life that we get to live, so why waste it feeling horrible in an activity that we spend most of our lives doing.
Work doesn’t have to be a depressing time of your life. Instead, learn what makes you depressed, how to solve it or make things better. Don’t just accept that this is how you feel now.
Author Bio – Gloria Kopp is a recruiting consultant and a career advisor at Resumention. She is a contributing author at Huffington Post and Australian Help