What should I do if I'm depressed at work?
Last Updated: 04/08/2019 at 12:00pm
Ann Brooks, MSW, LICSW
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
Thank you for your interest! I am a LICSW licensed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. I’m here to listen and I look forward to working with you.
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There's a variety of options available to you. Consider speaking with your supervisor to see if any accommodations can be made to decrease your level of stress, or if any company resources are available. Speak with colleagues about how they maintain a positive attitude at work. If you suspect that you may be clinically depressed, I recommend seeing a licensed medical professional regarding your concerns; he/she is really the best person to help you deal with those symptoms.
I'm not sure where you work so I am not sure of the rules, but mabye it would help to have pictures of friends/family in your wallet. Or if you are allowed to I would listen to music on your break!
Personally I've attempted to find the cause and create a resolution. Communication is a key to a positive lifestyle.
Try to focus on something postive, like Memories or stuff that has happened that made you happy or smile. Don't let it get you down :)
What is it that is depressing you at work. What part of the job is making you feel down. What are you feeling low about
A good start might be thinking through what is making you depressed at work. Are your coworkers bothering you? Is your boss demanding too much? Is your work frustrating or physically demanding? Once you decide what exactly it is that is bothering you, it will be easier to decide on a course of action from there.
Talking to someone you feel very comfortable with, or reflecting on your emotions by keeping a journal can help. If not, finding professional help is also another possibility.
Talk to someone at work you trust. If you don't feel comfortable with anyone at work, try your best not to let it interfere. I know it's hard because the feelings are so overwhelming but try to talk to a coworker that you trust.
When I am depressed I get on to 7cupsoftea and speak with a listener. This site takes a weight off of the heart and the mind. Knowing there is always someone there to talk to and know you are never alone.
Well my first boss always advised me to try to leave your problems at home, think positive and everything will be brighter
If you're depressed at work, you should perhaps take a quick pause to relax, take a cup of tea talk with a coworker. Think about what is making you feel this way, if it's really bothering you, u shoul maybe take the day off. And do something that will make fell better.
It sounds like to me, you are depressed at work. I think you should figure out what is depressing you from work and try and discuss it with someone close to you.
Working is the most frequent thing a person does. You have to ask yourself; are you depressed at work because of what you're doing? If so you are the only person who can break that cycle and find something that you're passionate about. Alternatively it could be minor problems that you're having about work and addressing them sooner rather than later will benefit your mental health massively. I'd suggest identifying the problem first. Hope this helps in any way!
Maybe buy yourself a treat for after work, to give yourself something to look forward to when you get home. This will help you feel more positive, and help you remember that there are good things to look forward too.
If you feel comfortable talking to a manager or supervisor, it may be worth having a private conversation about your struggles. Are there any simple adjustments that they could make that would make things a little easier for you? Having a friend to confide in at work can also help you cope day to day. When I struggled I had a friend send me silly pictures to make me smile. Find something small that helps you and try to incorporate it into your day. Longer term, therapy can help to deal with the issues underlying the depression. From personal experience, if work is actually causing your depression, it's worth looking into moving departments or even finding a whole new environment that you feel happier in.
If work is what is causing you to be depressed try and remove yourself from the situation, have a think and see what your true passion is in life and try and harness this and reflect that in a new possible job opportunity, you are strong for identifying that you are feeling depressed at work that is the first step, the second is working on you and making sure you are happy and healthy and I recommend that you observe the negative energy around you and explore how you can use this to start fresh and really make a go of things!
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