Happiness comes before success — science proves it. If you feel happy, it’s more likely you’re productive, creative, and enthusiastic.
While most people spend around two-thirds of their lives at their workplace, it is crucial to be happy there. Also, work-related stress affects your general well-being and health.
To make the most out of your career, you need to stay happy at work. Here are some actionable ways and an infographic to help you overcome workplace depression.
5 Strategies To Overcome Workplace Depression
1. Get Expert Help
Never feel you are alone and need to suffer in silence. Ask for help.
If you feel you might be in depression, then please consult an expert at the earliest to get yourself examined and begin treatment. A professional therapist and a support group are two of the best sources to help you cope with your depression. They can help you handle your symptoms better and guide you with the skills to manage your work-life more efficiently.
Take out time to read your company’s policies regarding mental health and insurance cover. If self-employed, check your insurance policy to find out what kind of mental health benefits it includes.
If you are uninsured, look around for community mental health centers and free to access mental health social initiatives.
Here is a page with links to helpline numbers in India: Helplines – You’re Not Alone.
2. Look After Yourself
Remember, it is more than okay to spend time on self-care. A self-care regimen arms you to handle the work-life challenges better and helps to achieve professional success. Do not be so busy with your work that you leave yourself no time to tend to yourself and ignore your symptoms.
There might be some rules at work with your appearance. No matter what they are, whether or not you need to wear a uniform, do your best to look good with your outfit in the mirror. If you like how you look, you feel better.
However, looking after yourself can give you even more—it increases the level of endorphins which are our body’s natural pain reliever it produces in response to distress or discomfort. So, take care of how the person in the mirror appears to you.
3. Set Realistic Goals
Depression can make you feel hard to focus at work. To get better of it, set clear and realistic goals for yourself daily, and refer to them whenever you feel unfocused or directionless at work.
Keep checking your top-priority agendas, give yourself extra time to prepare your assignments, and ask the help of a trusted colleague to give your work a double-check before going for the final presentation.
Take care not to beat yourself up for not being able to reach all your goals or the mistakes you might make. Assure yourself that you are doing your best. The road to recovery is a marathon, not a sprint.
4. Go In For Sports
Since early childhood, we hear a lot about the importance of sports activities for our health, and we know it for sure. But going in for sports can reduce the risk of work depression as well. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, organize sports breaks while being at work. A short but intensive workout can boost brain function and creativity. Plus, it distracts you from the work process, so you overcome the work depression.
5. Adapt Your Biorhythms
Many successful people claim waking up earlier in the morning is a great habit, as it gives them that extra time to complete more tasks during the day. Although it makes sense, there is another secret insight this idea has: if you adapt your biorhythms to day length, your body produces gonadoliberin (also called Gonadotropin-Releasing-Hormone) and helps you feel better.
If you want to find out more information on overcoming the work depression the chemical way, you’re welcome to look through the handy infographic below.
Did you know the scientists have found the Asian spice turmeric to improve depressive and anxiety symptoms in people with depression? They suggest its anti-depressive effect is because of the active ingredient curcumin.
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Author Bio: Emily Johnson is a content strategist at the OmniPapers. Her works have appeared in HuffingtonPost, ElephantJournal, GoodMenProject, and ProBlogger. Reviewed and edited by Sandip Roy – a medical doctor, psychology writer, happiness researcher. Founder of Happiness India Project, and chief editor of its blog. He writes popular-science articles on positive psychology and related medical topics.
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