Work Depression: How to Take Care of Your Mental Health on the Job

Exhaustion and fatigue, particularly at the end of the day, are common among salespeople. They must learn to pace themselves for maximum productivity. Doing so will reduce the risk of developing depression from overwork that may result in physical illness or accidents.

Work-related stress is another cause of work-related depression. All too often people fail to deal with their feelings about being overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, treated unfairly or misled by their employers.

There are distinct warning signs in employees who experience work-related stress. Some examples include: Memory problems Difficulty concentrating Insomnia Feeling depressed or anxious Lethargy Irritability Carelessness Lack motivation Excessive smoking Alcohol abuse Drug abuse Headaches Indigestion or other gastrointestinal problems

It is important to remember that these are common symptoms. Stress can impact anyone, but it is especially devastating for those with heart disease. When the work-related stress becomes overwhelming, people often seek relief through alcohol or drugs. This compounds an existing medical problem and further increases the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Employees who recognize their physical warning signs need to take action quickly by avoiding stressful situations, getting enough sleep (at least eight hours nightly), exercising regularly, and remaining active socially will help reduce stress levels. The following tips also offer help for dealing with work-related depression.

Recognize your triggers:

Knowing what causes you to experience depression at work allows you to reevaluate how best to avoid it in your daily routine. For example, you might want to cut down on the amount of overtime or take on fewer responsibilities if they contribute to your stress level.

Change the way you approach work:

Redefine success and opportunities for advancement. Instead of focusing on climbing up the corporate ladder, try creating a personal objective plan that allows you more time with family and friends.

Consider starting your own business:

There are many advantages to this option, including working at your own pace, choosing who you’d like to work with, having flexible hours and being in charge of your earnings. The best part is there are no limits!

If money becomes an issue again, looking into other options may be necessary. However it’s important not to let financial concerns cloud the fact that you would like to start doing work that makes you happy and fulfilled.

Be innovative:

Try new and creative ways of approaching your work. This can provide a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction in the job you already have, which may ease feelings of depression and lift your spirits. In some cases, starting a project from scratch with two or three co-workers can help reenergize your colleagues as well.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle:

No matter what changes you make at work, it is essential that you pay attention to your physical health daily. Make sure to eat five fruits and vegetables each day, drink plenty of water (at least six glasses) and get at least eight hours of sleep nightly. Exercise is also critical to staying healthy.

If one or more of these strategies does not alleviate your depression, then you should consult a physician immediately. Your employer should be notified if the symptoms interfere with your daily routine and productivity at work.

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