How to Cope With Your Job When You Have Depression
Depression is Hard
Depression isn't easy to deal with, it can make even the most ordinary of tasks feel like a marathon, but as most people know, having a full time job when you also have depression can make life feel like an uphill struggle.
Life can seem very hard and bleak when you are dealing with work and depression, staying motivated and positive is a constant battle, one that sometimes you don't always win. But whilst nothing about depression will ever be easy, you can make your working life slightly more bearable with a few changes to your routine.
Take Care of Yourself
This is the most important piece of advice I would give anyone that has depression and a job, people see taking care of yourself and allowing yourself some time as self indulgent, but it isn't, it is self care. If you don't take proper care of yourself, a burn out or a full blown downward spiral is more likely.
You can help avoid this (you might not be able to avoid it totally) but you can lower the odds by looking after yourself. Give yourself as much time as you can by yourself each day to do something you enjoy, it doesn't matter if this is 5 minutes or an hour, if you have the time, do something you like. Try to eat and drink properly and get some exercise, even if it is just a ten minute walk, it can help. Get as much sleep as possible and if you are having trouble sleeping then speak to your doctor about it.
Try to Stay Calm
Staying calm isn't always easy, whether you get agitated and nervous or agitated and angry, these things aren't helpful to you. Remove yourself from the situation if possible, if not, try just breathing as deeply as you can (without looking weird if there are people there) and think before you respond to anyone who might be winding you up.
Try to Stay Motivated
Staying motivated can be one of the hardest things about working when you have depression, for those who are employed, unemployment is a great motivator in itself. But sometimes you need an extra boost, think about why you work, who or what do you do it for? focus on them when it is difficult to get out of bed in the morning.
When you are self employed however, staying motivated can be a little bit harder, especially if you work from home, the temptation to watch TV or simply do nothing all day is very strong. But remembering why you work is important, just as with someone who is employed, you need to remember what or who you might be doing this for.
Keep pictures that inspire you around the house, personally I use a picture of a really nice house as I am saving up the money to move. It keeps me motivated and reminds me that it won't happen on it's own. But you need to choose a picture that is personal to you.
Take Your Medication
If you are on medication, please take it, don't just suddenly stop taking it because you might be feeling good. This applied whether you are employed or not. Never lower your dosage or stop taking your medication without consulting a doctor or nurse practitioner first.
You can Make it a bit Easier
Working when you have depression will never be easy, nothing about depression is easy, but life can be a little bit easier if you take good care of yourself.