When you live with depression, youíll experience sadness, fatigue and loss of interest in day to day life for an extended period of time. It can be challenging to deal with depression while you are at work. Youíre more likely to miss work a lot or you may get less done at the office because youíre too tired, unmotivated or just canít concentrate.
Hereís a few tips to help you cope with depression while at work:
Tip 1: See your doctor Ė Depression is treatable with antidepressants and psychotherapy. Studies have found that people who took antidepressants missed less workdays, became more productive and performed better than those who remained untreated.
Tip 2: Put yourself first Ė Donít forget to schedule a mental health day or two to regroup. Youíll be a much greater asset to yourself and your employer if you return with renewed energy and a more positive outlook.
Tip 3: Prioritize Ė Be very clear with your employer about what you can and canít accomplish. Try to find a more flexible job within the company or you might have to search for a new employer.
Tip 4: Strategize Ė Have an action plan ready to go for times when depression symptoms strike. Be sure to take a break after each project and donít be afraid to ask for help.
Tip 5: Find an office ally Ė If youíre comfortable revealing your condition to your manager, someone in HR or a co-worker, youíll have someone who can help you through difficult times.
Tip 6: Keep up with your self-care regimen Ė Get enough sleep, exercise, change your diet and manage stress.
Remember, depression isnít something that simply goes away. You need time to yourself and the right treatments (therapy or medication) to get back on track. Use these tips to keep your depression under control.