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Work makes me depressed and anxious even though nothing tragic has happened there, is this normal?

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Last Updated: 12/04/2018 at 7:55am
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Top Rated Answers
April 9th, 2015 12:43am
Yes. You don't need to justify feeling depressed or anxious. Your feelings matter inherently- normal or not normal, the important thing is you feel that way.
January 31st, 2015 7:57am
Work means a lot of stress and it is perfectly normal to feel overwhelmed by it. You can join a gym, exercise usually makes you happier. Talk to a friend or relative and good try to relax :) music, meditation, yoga, gardening, walking are great to take your mind of work.
December 4th, 2018 7:55am
it could be a burnout episode. when our work-life is imbalanced, we experience a lack of energy that reflects on our happiness. Don't try to make a ponderate decision right now, because it may be altered. Allow yourself some time to replenish your emotional cup and take good care of yourself. Even the little details count: every single aspect of your day can become the reason for a small treat — care about what you eat, what you drink. Work on assertive traits: are you assertive enough? It will help you to set boundaries and improve your quality of life at work!
February 17th, 2015 3:48am
Not might be useful for you to explore what it is about your work that makes you feel depressed and it the people? is it the environment? is it the work itself? are you bored? would you prefer to spend your time doing something else? Lots of questions, hopefully someone can help you sort through it...either in your own life, or here on 7 Cups of Tea.
July 20th, 2015 4:30am
Work Stress can cause serious anxiety even when nothing tragic happens. It can cause individuals to have more frequent absences, avoid work, avoid coworkers, and many other things. it doesn't have to be some tragic situation that causes work stress and depression, in particular if the workplace is not sensitive to mental health needs. 7 Cups offers a great self help guide on work related stress. Here is the link, I hope you can find some helpful information here, and even reach out to a listener if you need to. Good luck!
February 23rd, 2016 11:34am
Maybe it is just not something you enjoy doing anymore? Maybe you dread it because you just don't like the work itself? Maybe a change might shake things up add some spice to everything?
October 31st, 2016 1:35am
Stress doesn't have to come from tragic circumstances. It sounds like you are in an environment that isn't healthy to your mental/emotional needs, and that's okay! Sometimes we all need a change. Is there something you can do in your work environment to help you feel less anxious or more in control? Is it possible you can start to plan how to find a new work environment that might be more supportive?
January 3rd, 2017 4:25am
Absolutely, if you arent satisfied with your working conditions or the environment itself its completely normal that it would make you feel that way. Not to mention the anxiety is natural considering youre supposed to be at a certain place for a certain period of time. You'll be alright, you just have to find little self help methods for those rough times. Some people might even try to find a new job with the pace that they enjoy
October 10th, 2017 3:39am
Work can be stressful for a lot of people. I personally find myself getting overwhelmed easily, and I'd walk out of work completely (mentally) exhausted, even after a short day. Is there a coworker or supervisor who you feel you can confide in? It may be different where you're working, but my supervisors are really big on taking breaks/rest so I like to ask them for support when I know I really need it. But that may not be the case for you. I would suggest looking for someone else outside of work to talk/vent to, such as a therapist, counselor, friend, or family member. Also, it's really important to take care of yourself and rest up after a long day. You deserve it!