WORK-LIFE BALANCE / JUN. 27, 2014
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How to Deal With Anxiety and Depression at Work

Depression can interfere with your professional life as much as your personal life; making it difficult to be the hard worker you have the potential to be. Job stress can lead to depression and anxiety, in both men and women. Dealing with depression is important, both for your physical and emotional health.

So how can you deal with depression at work?

Seek Professional Help

Talking to a therapist is one of the best ways to deal with your depression. You'll find that a psychologist can help you determine the underlying causes of your depression, whether it has something to do with job stress, your home life, your interactions with others, or something else. There could be more than one factor contributing to your depression, and a psychologist or therapist can help you discover what's really going on.

You should also consider joining a support group. You can learn how to deal with the symptoms of depression, as well as prevent them from interfering with your work. Finding others who can help you will make it easier to deal with the problem.

How You Can Deal With Depression

  1. Face the problem -- If work is the source of your depression, examine what aspect of work is the cause. Is it the job itself, the tasks you are doing, or the people you are working with? Find out what is causing the anxiety and depression, and evaluate whether or not it can change. If not, it may be time to find a new job, or even a new career.
  2. Turn things off -- Technology can increase your anxiety and depression, so it's time to shut your tech off. Sign out of your email, turn your phone OFF, and disconnect from anything that isn't vital for your work. It will help you to avoid distractions and stressors.
  3. Calm yourself -- There are many meditative techniques that can help you to deal with depression and stress. Calming and centering your mind will allow you to find peace, so it's worth looking into both Eastern and Western meditation techniques for depression.
  4. Find a Routine -- Want to manage your anxiety and depression? First you have to handle the stress. Set a routine that you can follow easily, and stick with it. It will give you some stability in your life, and will help you to handle the work that you have to face.
  5. Liven Up Your Workplace -- Office cubicles tend to be dull and dreary, making your depression even worse. Add some life and colour to your space by adding plants, flowers, or colourful decoration. If you can open a window, do so. The more light and fresh air there is, the better you will feel.
  6. Break Things Down -- Work can often overwhelm you, but instead of looking at your tasks as a huge chunk of work to get done, why not break it down? Spend time every morning organising yourself, prioritising the tasks by order of importance. Do them one at a time, and don't move on until you've completed the current task. It will help to prevent the stress that leads to depression and anxiety.
  7. Socialise -- One of the best ways to fight depression is to put yourself in social situations, both at work and home. Go out of your way to make new friends at the office, and start forming a life outside of your four office walls.
  8. Take a Break -- Feeling the blues during an intense work day? Take a few minutes off work to meditate, take a nap, or go for a short walk. If you're really down, why not ask your boss for a day off, or take that vacation time you've racked up. Sometimes stepping back and taking a break is enough to deal with your depression.

The truth is that work isn't always fun, and the fact that you do the same thing over and over again can make you feel depressed. However, you can deal with your depression, becoming the happy, productive individual you truly are. 

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