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The effects of workplace depression include low productivity, unhealthy relationships with coworkers, high turnover rates, and increased disability leave. Depressed employees may not know how to cope with work stress and anxiety, which increases feelings of depression.
If you’re depressed at work, use these coping tips to empower yourself and alleviate feelings of depression.
Take Responsibility for Your Mental Health
Feelings of powerlessness and helpless can increase feelings of workplace depression, which is why it’s so important to empower yourself. Most people want to be productive, healthy employees who contribute something to their workplace. Very few people don’t want to work at all (though most of us say we’d love to retire early or not work at all!). The first step to coping with work stress and anxiety is to start making changes – which is what these tips are all about.
Identify the Source of Work Stress and Anxiety
Some causes of depression are biological or hormonal, which may mean that medications are the best treatment plan. Other causes of depression stem from work stress and anxiety, while others are due to lifestyle or specific life events. The sooner you can pinpoint the cause of depression – and whether or not it’s actually workplace depression – the sooner you can start coping with it. If you can’t figure out why you’re depressed at work, you should talk to a doctor or counselor.
Change What You Can – and Let Go of the Rest
Is there something or someone at work that is causing stress and anxiety? Make a list of ten ways to cope. Don’t restrict your ideas to only the most practical ones, or those that are easy to implement. Set your mind free; let yourself be creative as you imagine how to cope with workplace depression. For instance, picture yourself punching the clock in your pajamas or bringing your dog or cat to work. After creating your list of ways to cope with stress and anxiety at work, pick the one that seems most effective. Try it for three weeks. If you still feel like the most depressed employee on the face of the earth, then try a different way to cope. Don’t give up!
Take Advantage of Employer Mental Health Programs
Does your company offer workplace depression prevention or mental health programs? Take part in them! If your employer doesn’t offer programs at work, then find professional courses or workshops in the community. Sign up for a continuing education course on learning how to cope with workplace stress and anxiety, dealing with workplace depression, or improving communication skills. Ask your employer if the company can cover the cost. Even if you have to pay for the course or program yourself, you’ll probably find that it’s a worthwhile venture.
Learning how to cope with stress and anxiety at work doesn’t just improve workplace depression, it can make you a more effective, productive employee – which will make you feel great about yourself.