Depression affects us no matter if we are at home or at work. Severe depression can affect our ability to perform our work efficiently. And work is certainly a big part of our lives. So how are we going to manage our depression at the workplace?
First of all, depression saps us of energy. It can make us feel profoundly discouraged, helpless and hopeless. Some people who are depressed suffer from anxiety as well. They often go together. Anxiety makes us keyed up and afraid, agitated, leaves us sleepless, pacing all night.
Work can provide a sense of pride and accomplishment and therefore boost our self-esteem. Thus, while at work keep yourself active and challenged. Learn to take your mind off worries. Get yourself engaged in more social interaction. And opt to cope in a healthy way – exercise for instance.
Develop a balanced lifestyle with good nutrition, a balanced diet, make sure you have adequate sleep and stress reduction. Work at enhancing your self-esteem, self-affirmation or self-reinforcement. Find a place to relax – meditation and progressive muscle relaxation. And, last but not least, commit yourself to a specific plan of action to overcome your depression.
Depression is a choice. Many people think that depression is something we just have to live with or when we get older. But it is not. Just like most illness, depression can be treated so that people can live happy again.
“The deepest secret is that life is not a process of discovery; but a process of creation. You are not discovering yourself, but creating yourself anew. Seek, therefore, not to find out who you are, seek to determine who you want to be.”
You see, we don’t have to control our thoughts. We just have to stop them controlling us. Good humor is the best tonic for the body and mind. It is the best antidote for anxiety and depression. Besides, good humor is a business asset – it attracts and keeps friends and lightens human burdens. It is your direct route to serenity and contentment. And the good news is that you van acquire it.