Depression in the workplace

Small Business Insight

1 January 2018

Depression is a very common psychological condition which is quite different from feeling sad or unhappy. Unhappiness, especially when caused by a particular event in life, will pass in due course.

In depression feelings of sadness last much longer and can be so severe that they may significantly interfere with normal everyday life, and have an impact on you and your business.

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Here are some tips that may help you to manage your mood

  • Break down tasks. Completing achievable goals will give you a sense of satisfaction.
  • Identify your mood patterns. Try to plan your day according to your mood patterns, so that the most difficult part of your day is the least demanding.
  • Keep active. Try going to the cinema, learning a new skill or join a social circle such as a book club. Being fully occupied has a positive effect on self-esteem.
  • Eat a healthy diet. Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and try to include oily fish as this has been proven to help combat depressive symptoms.
  • Exercise. Just 30 minutes 3 times a week has been proven to lift mood.
  • Any form of healthy relaxation can clear and calm the mind. Consider trying Yoga or Tai Chi.
  • Try to avoid caffeine, alcohol and nicotine. Alcohol in particular should be used with caution - it is a depressant which can worsen symptoms.
  • Be willing to change. Sometimes the way we think and live our lives is not always helpful or healthy. Think about what you could change to feel better about yourself.
  • Tackle your fears and anxieties one at a time. As you take charge you will feel more able to cope.
  • Feeling better takes time. At times, the road to recovery can feel like a roller coaster ride - two steps forward and two steps back. Being tough on yourself at this time can work against you.
  • Be responsible for yourself and put your problems into perspective. If possible help someone else. This alone can boost your feel good factor.

Don’t forget you can always seek support. By its very nature depression can prevent individuals from seeking support, but remember that depression can be treated and help is available. You can always contact the following charities for support and information about depression.

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