On a happier note, click over to Monday’s post to see the winner of the NeuYear calendar!
Have you ever had a period of feeling down that seemed to come on randomly? Odds are you have, since depression affects 1 in 10 people. So what will protect you from experiencing depression at work?
Depression at work
Penelope Trunk has some wonderful things to say about getting through a bout of depression while staying effective at your job. So many good things that here are a few links instead of trying to summarize:
The important thing is to take care of yourself and make sure you protect your job. That means bringing your A-Game whenever possible, but also taking it way easy in your off hours. Taking off work for “mental health days” (if you have a flexible work environment) also helps!
If you can’t take a day off, but you feel like you could be failing, try these tips to get through the rough patch.
Easy tips to get through a hard time at work
- Prettify your space. Think bright colors and natural accents. Plants. Flowers. Buy them for yourself! A photo of loved ones really can help.
- Prettify your computer. Change your email font to rounded, “nice” looking font like Century Gothic. Everything looks less serious! Same goes for word documents, etc, and keep your desktop background bright and positive.
- Treat yourself. You only have so much willpower. So if you are using all of it for getting through the day with a smile, be kind about missing a workout or not having the energy to do something you promised you would. Oh, and stop promising to do so much stuff!
- Chunk up your day. Instead of facing down a long 8-hr stretch, set mini 15-minute goals to fill your whole day with five minute breaks in between. This doesn’t mean you’re on break every 15 minutes, but it means you give yourself permission to tackle things one at a time to earn that sense of accomplishment that comes with a checked-off to-do list.
Of course, none of this will help if your depression lasts for more than a week or two or seems like it is getting worse.
Beyond the occasional frustration, it is not normal or natural to hate your life, job, or self, or to feel hopeless… get help by talking with a friend or chatting with a therapist. There are also tons of free numbers to call and websites to visit to get encouragement or help.