When you live with depression, you’ll 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. You’re more likely to miss work a lot or you may get less done at the office because you’re too tired, unmotivated or just can’t concentrate.
Here’s a few tips to help you cope with depression while at work:
Tip 1: See your doctor – 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 – Don’t forget to schedule a mental health day or two to regroup. You’ll be a much greater asset to yourself and your employer if you return with renewed energy and a more positive outlook.
Tip 3: Prioritize – Be very clear with your employer about what you can and can’t accomplish. Try to find a more flexible job within the company or you might have to search for a new employer.
Tip 4: Strategize – Have an action plan ready to go for times when depression symptoms strike. Be sure to take a break after each project and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Tip 5: Find an office ally – If you’re comfortable revealing your condition to your manager, someone in HR or a co-worker, you’ll have someone who can help you through difficult times.
Tip 6: Keep up with your self-care regimen – Get enough sleep, exercise, change your diet and manage stress.
Remember, depression isn’t 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.