Coping with Workplace Depression

From Issue: 
October 2016

Submitted by Emily Johnson,

The working process takes a considerable amount of time and effort, and failures at work can also affect your well-being before eventually leading to burn out. There are different causes of workplace depression, with the most common ones being workload, a lack of managerial support, organizational changes at work and role uncertainty. All these factors, individually or as a group, can lead to workplace depression and almost everyone faces it from time to time. 

Although it might be hard to recognize the moment when workplace depression sinks in, there is a list of signs that might help you realize it’s time to begin thinking about your mental health in relation to your job. 

The most common signs of workplace depression include:

• reduced working performance

• irritation at work

• consistent procrastination of tasks

• lack of motivation

Being depressed at work can stunt or ruin your career development, which makes it important to stay positive and energetic in order not to burn out.  Avoiding depression at the office is a must. Fortunately, methods exist to help employees cope with workplace depression once it occurs, and these employees can even form habits to prevent it at all. 

In many cases, depression occurs when the body’s biorhythms and endorphins go out of balance. Some of the most effective coping methods, as a result, come from attempting to regulate the chemical imbalance causing issues. 

Here are some ways to cope with workplace depression:

• Wake up 10-15 minutes earlier for one week to form a habit of adapting your biorhythms to the day length.

• Set up proper lighting in your work areas, including a source of daylight.

• Take care of yourself to increase the level of endorphins in your system.

• Find sport or exercise-related activities that you’re interested in and do an intensive short workout.

• Balance work and personal life – find a hobby or form traditions. 

Scientists claim that both animals and humans have the same mechanisms to cope with depression, so using these natural ways might be a key to success when it comes to depression at work.