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How to get things done professionaly at work when I'm very depressed?

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Last Updated: 03/26/2021 at 9:34am
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September 7th, 2018 2:54pm
Take a short break. Write in your journal. Expect a miracle. Tell yourself "This Too Shall Pass" . Be like a willow, do not hide the feeling from yourself. Know that you are a precious soul and not just a body and that everything that happens to you happens for a reason. If you can, call a friend. If there is someone at your work that you feel comfortable with, share your feeling with them. Go to the bath room and when no one is watching look at the mirror and say to yourself "I Love YOU I Love You" . Smile, Do yoga. But again, most importantly, be patient and know that it will pass
November 4th, 2018 2:51pm
I remember that this is a passing feeling and though I may feel bad now, the task in front of me still needs to be done, and I will feel happy and accomplished that I did something once I'm out of the depressive episode. Other people may be feeling the same or worse than me, so keep smiling because you may be making their day better too, just by doing what you can. Just make sure to make some time for yourself when you get home. Just leave all those bad feelings at work and focus on how to make you happy, whatever is making you depressed is now your priority.
November 7th, 2018 10:13am
Keeping proactive while depressed can be very hard. Depression is one of the biggest factors to people struggling to be productive or meet deadlines. I think we should start with why you are depressed. When did you start feeling depressed? What do you feel depressed about? Is there anything in your life that is... subpar right now? Figuring out some of why you might be discontent is a good first step to working with/through your depression. If you can understand the problem, you can make a plan for overcoming it. A few good ways to get past your depression include motivating yourself with rewards, sticking to task lists and checking off items as you go, and taking time to relax in-between getting tasks done. You don't want to let yourself procrastinate, but a good pause is sometimes needed if you're staying proactive. Even the greats need a breather now and then, otherwise, we burn out or shut down. Make sure to take time to focus on you. Watch some tv, read a good book, do some yoga. Make sure to take time to love yourself.
November 28th, 2018 12:04am
One thing at a time! The thing that helps me most is remembering that I am an intelligent, valuable part of a team with a lot of work to be done. I know that I am an integral cog in my office's machine and that without me, there would be a lot of things left to do. I use lists because lists reinforce the fact that although I might have a lot to do, I am also getting a lot done, and that's the biggest thing to remember. Just keep plugging along. Your coworkers and your boss will thank you for it!
November 29th, 2018 6:13pm
I block out all possible distractions, move phone apps and clear my view. I keep a nice, neat and organized space and clear my mind with some meditation or inspirational quotes. I throw myself deep into my work and focus fully on the task at hand. When I am supposed to work, I try to motivate myself. Think of all the reasons I must finish the task. Sometimes, however, it is hard to focus, for I am too sad. But I try to use these tips to help myself focus on my work. I hope this helps in some way.
December 5th, 2018 10:24am
Career is one of the thing made out of lot of hardships already. Schools, college, trainings and what not have already been through. You have struggled alot to get this job already. Now you are a step higher than you were already. Keep in mind that work is worship and it is what feeding you and a thing of life and livelihood. Whatever is there can be sorted of but if things have been ruined at work can't be. Focus on work, it is what you always wanted to do. And what you are depressed for, talk to the peers and someone who can listen.
December 8th, 2018 1:09am
For someone living with depression, getting stuff done can be enormously difficult. Here are a few of my suggestions. 1. Stick to a strict schedule. Sometimes keeping busy can help you from sinking into depression. Walk to the bus on the exact same route every day, get the same coffee at the same starbucks, listen to the same playlist, always be doing something. 2. Give yourself little rewards. Get something done and you get a snack, finish a meeting and you watch a cat video, etc. 3. If you work at a desk try sitting on an exercise ball of standing to switch it up. 4. Try laughter yoga. This is a really weird thing, but it actually works. Apparently your brain doesn't recognize the difference between fake and real laughter. It releases endorphins either way. 5. Consider taking a self care day.
January 16th, 2019 1:45pm
“Do it anyway.” Despite dealing with depression myself, it never would have occurred to me to say that to a client. Even after I heard it, it took me a long time to get up the nerve to say it. The trick of course, is to say it with empathy and compassion. So! Carolla goes on this spiel about the coffee mug that’s been rolling around in the floor board of the passenger side of your car. And how you pull into the driveway and look over it, thinking “I should take that in” but the depression winning out and telling you you are too tired, too sad, too worthless to do it. So he says, “Do it anyway.” No one WANTS to do anything when they are depressed. Do it anyway. Do it because doing it is what gives your body and brain the strength to drag yourself out of the darkness. It’s a pretty important metaphorial and tangible coffee cup.
February 14th, 2019 9:57pm
Well, I can relate to this question quite well. First, of all you have to know why you are on that job in the first place. To, try to make a living, so that you can support yourself and your family. You have to just work through your depression because if you do not, you and your hold family could be out on the streets. I have had to work through my depression many time because I have always had jobs that I did not like but I had to be able to put food on the table and to keep the bills paid in the house. Being responsible for others is one of the best ways to stay employed and it also give you the strength to keep carrying on, Because you do not want to let your family down even though you might be having difficult times in your life. It is so hard to let your love ones down when they are depending upon you for their daily bread.
February 22nd, 2019 7:11am
For me what helps is having small goals and having a set playlist full of positive music to start my day. I try to start my day with 1 posative afirmation or mantra. It helps me look on the bright side of things. Setting small goals helps me get things done one step at a time. In order to keep track of my small goals I use a check list aoo like the reminders app on my phone. I hope this can help you a little bit. Depression can make you loose all sense of motivation but you can beat it with the right tools and support.
March 8th, 2019 7:24pm
When you're at home before or after work, you should try your best to take care of yourself so you'll have some energy for work. Perhaps if you can, taking a bathroom or lunch break to regroup helps me. If not, close your eyes and take a deep breath then continue your work. If you can, i'd also recommend mentioning your issues to your employer. Though it may be difficult when you have depression, self care before and after work could include making sure that you are eating enough, getting rest, and practicing good hygiene. You could also try journaling or mediation to ease your mind.
June 16th, 2019 6:01am
Focus on the little things. Accomplish one task, meet one deadline, respond to one email. Depression has a way of changing your mindset, of changing how you view the world, making everything dark and dreary and hopeless, clouding your judgement and making each day seem endless and impossible. For me, the best way to counteract that mentality was not to try to force myself to be cheery, or fake a positive mindset until I had one, masks are exhausting to maintain and slip off easily. However, because life is not as hopeless as you perceive it to be, the best way that I have found to counteract it is to go slowly, taking the little tasks, completing those and using those successes to push back at the depression. It is not foolproof, but I have found it helped me, and hopefully it is helpful for anyone who reads this
June 26th, 2019 2:44am
Just Happened last week. I felt like my best friends were not around much and that I would be on my own for awhile being a loner isnt fun. So I went to work and on the way I was at a stop off the freeway and some truck behind me just barely stops in time making me swerve outta the way. i got to work and was shaking like I get depressed about the stressful situation. I go over in my mind about the past traumas all the time and I have the PTSD return until Im more trusting and calm. I just listen to the job do the motions until another day or two when Im relaxed.
July 3rd, 2019 5:11am
You don't need to push yourself too hard. Every night, before bedtime, set small goals that you realistically think you’ll be able to accomplish the following day. If there's something that you really have to do and it is hard to do for you (maybe because it takes a lot of energy, time, or physical effort) set only that one goal for that day. Don’t feel bad if you can't accomplish all the chores you set for that day, at least you did part of it and it was a real challenge for you, so you should feel good about the things you were able to do. This is a process, you’ll get better at it by time, that’s why you should allow yourself to be imperfect and stop feeling bad about it. Don't forget that you are trying to recover from an illness, it takes time, but you’ll be able to get all the things you want done one day.
December 6th, 2019 5:57pm
It can be helpful to focus on the task at hand, and realize that each little step is what will take you to your destination. Attempting to take on everything at once or overloading your plate can overwhelm you, and it’s important to realize that you are doing the best you can and that is enough. You are enough, no matter what you feel you must accomplish, and you deserve to give yourself space to breathe. If you don’t feel the energy to move forward with your duties, you can take life one piece at a time, and realize that motivation ebbs and flows— all you have to do is ride the wave.
December 12th, 2019 8:54pm
If you are unable to perform your best at work, the best thing you can do is to try and seek help for your depression! A professional can give you insight!! You have to work on your depression with therapy or medication, whichever you and the professional you seek think suits you best. Take your time with it, and explain the situation at work. It might be scary, but it is best to let them know about your situation so they have a better understanding why you might not be able to perform at your best right now. Communication is key!
December 22nd, 2019 8:40pm
Sadly I find myself at home with this question, I personally chose to simply put work on top of other priorities, other people depend on my productivity so I am indebted to them as long as I am paid, obviously the situation is the other way around but I have promised to show up daily when I signed a contract so in honor of that agreement I put my energy in the work as long as I am there. Obviously there are just bad days that we cannot escape but we all cope in our own way, best is to limit pauses and stay focused, but take a little time at the water fountain too, breath in and out when things are bad and you can also do imaginary yoga, it's what I do, sometimes I just lift my arms and lower them a d keep working
January 19th, 2020 3:44pm
Try to think about the final result or things that make you a little motivated, never wake up too late, have a nice and whole breakfast, talk to people tell them how you fell maybe someone feels that way too and don't forget that you can do it, if you need ask for professional help, there is no shame in that. You can try and discover new hobbies, things you are passionate about, don't be at home all weekend even though that´s what you want to do, ther's a whole world outside. Read books that might help, about self-development
April 9th, 2020 11:29pm
Being productive when you're experiencing depression can be really difficult. Of course, everyone is different, and so different strategies work for different people, but here are a few that I have found helpful. First, you can acknowledge that you're having an especially tough day (or time period), and that it may not be your most productive day, and that's okay. It's important to be gentle with yourself and take care of yourself, and part of this is setting realistic and specific goals. Making a list or a plan of small tasks that you can achieve in a set period of time can help to maximize productivity while being kind to yourself. For example, maybe you give yourself deadlines for small sections of a larger piece of writing or other work. In between your tasks, take breaks! Living with depression can be exhausting, and giving yourself a chance to slow down and reset is good for you and it can help make work more manageable. When you do finish a task, celebrate that victory and remember that it is proof that you are capable and successful, even when you're not feeling your best. Above all, practice self care. Work on relaxation, finding activities that make you happy, and finding someone to connect with and talk to. This alleviates stress and gives you more energy to do the work you need to do.
April 12th, 2020 6:30pm
For me, after being in the Army for a little while, I've learned how to compartmentalize my emotions. It's like flipping a switch. But, this has come from years of practice. I've come to realize that my problems are my problems and the workplace is not an environment that I'm willing to discuss at work. I need to maintain my professionalism. If I have a personal issue that needs to be worked on then I seek the assistance outside of the workplace. There is a time and place for everything. It's okay to let coworkers know that something is bothering you but they do not have a need to know the details.
April 24th, 2020 12:29pm
I'm sorry your feeling that way at the moment, try and create a task list in order of priority. Ensure your working away from your bed and sofa so that your not inclined to sleep or be in a 'relaxed' mindset. Try and shower and get dressed in an outfit that your comfortable in, stay away from PJs! Eat a good meal before your start and remain hydrated throughout the day, you can make yourself drinks in your breaks. When you come to approach the tasks give yourself a time limit so that you dont become demotivated and tired. Another tip is to increase your adrenaline before you start maybe going for a walk or doing exercise is a great way to get into a motivational mindset.
May 28th, 2020 10:00am
Maybe you can give yourself some time. We can't always expect perfection in our progress and well being, and that's okay. Maybe talk to someone about it or just take a break for a while, we can't always keep going, sometimes all we need is just a little time. Maybe to understand what's going on with us, or just to reflect, maybe practice some self-care or start a new hobby. Just know that there are always people who willing to listen and help you in the best way they can, and it's okay to reach out for help. It's okay to not be okay, but it's not okay to stay that way
May 31st, 2020 7:31pm
Before you head to work, put yourself in the mental state that is the most productive, such as understanding that some things will not go your way and that you'll accept that. Know your limits. At the job, if something pushes your boundaries, allow yourself some time to clear your head. You can do that by taking a bathroom break or letting a coworker know that you have to be excused for a bit. Understand that it is important to keep your personal life separate from your professional life, treat your coworkers like you want to be treated and surround yourself with positivity when possible.
June 18th, 2020 3:12pm
Motivation is key, but depression really will show the lack in motivation. Remember why you want to get this done and remember the great outcome of what happens when you get this done. You will feel more accomplished when you complete something rather than letting it drag through the week and wonder if you will ever finish the work that you are given to do. Depression will subside once you finish your work as you start to feel relief in completing something. Your motivation keeps you going and once you get the feeling of it, you will start getting more motivated.
June 24th, 2020 5:47am
Just like taking a break from your job search is important, so is having the right mindset. It is hard to be a job seeker, applying for many jobs and possibly not hearing back from employers. Work to focus on the progress you are making with each application—honing your search tactics, getting efficient with your application process, and understanding what keywords to use for an ATS are all important tools to use as you go through your search. Each time you apply for a job, you are improving your process, and that’s great progress to landing a job. nice
June 27th, 2020 7:50pm
Pace yourself, you don't want to stress/overwork. Try to schedule the work; spread it out, and try to set a time limit on long you should work on it. Typically, when you try to complete a lot of work all at once you get exhausted easily and less motivated to do it. With the other way around, you could get quite anxious with putting off work. I dealt with this during online work; I'd do work for a while and schedule a nap. I also planned things to look forward to, like my favorite show or drawing. Jamming out while working is always fun too. I hope this helped.
July 15th, 2020 5:02pm
Being depressed is difficult and being depressed at work often times seems like you'll never find the motivation to accomplish tasks. When you first arrive for the day, take a moment to inhale/exhale for 5 breaths and really ground yourself. Once you've done that, try to write down exactly what it is that you need to accomplish in the order of importance. If it is all equally important you can begin with the task that will take the least amount of time and go from there. Before you know it, you'll have completed something and that might motivate you to move onto the next task at hand.
July 31st, 2020 6:51am
Hi! I think it is because you are very stressed at times and specially during these times. I would recommend to seek help. As it would put you on the right track. And also help you focus on your work. I had this difficulty in the past, but now as I seeked help. I feel so much better now than ever. Actually I would say the secret to getting out of depression is that not thinking that you are heavy on someone. You are not. Sometimes it's okay to take help from friends, families, and your beloved ones. You just need some confidence. Thanks!
August 12th, 2020 3:35pm
As a fellow person who suffers from heavy anxiety and depression. I am a firm believer in the personal policy of check your baggage at the door. When I am experiencing a personal crisis I have found that if I ask my boss if there are additional projects or things that need to be done, this help alot as my focus is then shifted onto something that can positively impact not only myself but also my job. I know it is not a easy thing to do at first but it is worth a try, between doing this and reaching out to 7Cups or a trusted friend.
September 5th, 2020 8:11am
Well if you are really feeling depressed, and have been feeling that way for a month or so, you should consider getting professional help. The thing with depression is, if it's starting to creep up on your working life, it means that it could be getting out of hand. If you feel like you can't focus on your job, you have no motivation and you feel hollow and tired all the time (but you used to be the opposite), then it would be wise to get professional help. There is absolutely no shame about getting medical help, so if you feel like things are getting out of control, feel free to seek help :)