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How to Get Over Workplace Depression

written by: vrodbaz • edited by: Paul Arnold • updated: 9/29/2010

When you experience depression in the workplace, it can affect your overall quality of life, especially since a large percentage of time is spent in the office. Learn how to identify triggers, seek help when needed, use wellness programs, and find different ways to deal with workplace depression.

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    Why Does Depression in the Workplace Exist?

    Workplace depression can wreak havoc on your everyday life. People who experience it typically encounter a number of depression triggers such as being overwhelmed with stress, having an overbearing boss, or working with difficult clientele. Or it could be that your job does not live up to your expectations, or you may have to deal with many difficult situations on a daily basis. In order to deal with workplace depression follow these helpful pointers.

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    When You Are Kept From Expressing Your Thoughts, Keep a Journal

    Most often, when workers feel they are inhibited from expressing their true thoughts or ideas with their co-workers or managers, they can feel as though their input is not valued or needed. Whenever people feel like this is happening to them, they can feel left out and often this can lead to workplace depression. In order to combat depression that falls into this category, you have to do learn ways to prevent yourself from feeling like this.

    One thing you can do is keep a work journal. Write down the different thoughts and feelings you have. Write down everything that is happening at work. Often, when depression sets in, it can be caused by a variety of factors. When you learn to identify your triggers, you can learn effective ways of dealing with them.

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    Sad Events can Sadden Your Life if You Allow Them To

    Maybe you work in a position where you experience sad and unfortunate situations on a daily basis. Working in this type of industry can affect your overall happiness, unless you learn to see the positive aspects in this line of work.

    Witnessing abuse,drug addiction, or homelessness everyday can take its toll on your well-being. It's easy to feel despondent and depressed but your focus should be on the wonderful things you are doing to make life better for people. By seeing the positive aspects of your job, you can start to see things in a more positive light. Having a change in mindset can do wonders for your outlook and help you defeat workplace depression.

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    Too Much Work and Not Enough Time

    Sometimes when people feel like their workload is too much for them to handle, they feel overwhelmed and workplace depression sets in. This is why it is important to stay organized and practice good time management skills. Once you learn how to effectively manage your time and have a set schedule, you will be able to think more clearly and not feel so burdened by your workload.

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    Quick Tips for Depression at Work

    If you feel like you are just bound to have one of those days where you will feel depressed, one thing you can do that will be sure to lift your spirits is to go for a walk during your break or lunch hour. Sometimes when you get out of the office and into the sunlight, the rays of the sun can help give you an instant mood boost. Pair the sunlight with a little cardio and you will instantly see an improvement in your mood.

    If your office has poor lighting, ask your boss, if it is all right if you buy a special light bulb. Sometimes a poor mood can be triggered by poor working conditions, such as dim lighting. When you invest in a specialized light bulb, this can help ease the workplace depression you experience.

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    Seek Help for Workplace Depression

    According to the PsychCental website in the article titled, "Workplace Depression," if you or someone you know is experiencing workplace depression, find out what resources are available and seek help. Many employers have wellness programs, some of which offer counseling and other health services that can assist you when you feel burdened.

    Remember you are not alone. Many people deal with workplace depression on a daily basis and learn how to cope with it effectively. Be good to yourself and seek treatment if necessary. Before you know it, workplace depression will be a thing of the past.

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    Sources

    http://psychcentral.com/lib/2007/workplace-depression/

    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/light-therapy/MY00195