Do you feel overwhelmed by your work environment? Does your depression get worse every time you walk into the office? Work-related stress is one of the driving forces behind depression in America. You may not be able to eliminate this stress entirely, but there are some things you can do to reduce it.
Check out these depression treatment tips for working adults.
Keep Your Office Clean
Clutter is naturally stressful. Even if you “know where everything is” in the mess, the mess itself will wear down on you. Your brain processes clutter as something extra to do – one more task on your never-ending to-do list. Go into work an hour early one day or stay a little late to clear out the clutter. Get rid of old paperwork and office supplies you no longer need and organize everything that remains. Then all you have to do is make a habit of cleaning up right before you leave, and you will come into a fresh, clean environment every day.
Avoid Stressful Situations When Possible
Some stressful situations are unavoidable because they’re just part of the job. However, you can bypass some stressful scenarios that aren’t within your job description. For instance, you probably have someone at work that is full of gossip and drama. Being around that person may stress you out, even if you do not realize it. If the noise of a crowded break room makes you feel overwhelmed, consider eating lunch outside, or request a lunchtime that isn’t as chaotic. These small adjustments can drastically reduce depression and anxiety symptoms.
Don’t Take On More Than You Can Handle
Have you become the office yes man? Some people try to take on every task available to them because they want to impress their bosses, or they just like to work. If these extra tasks are starting to take a toll on your mind though, it’s time to take a break. Know your limits and learn when to say no. If doing this improves your work as a whole, your employer will come out on top in the long run.
Leave Work At Work
Don’t let your work life bleed into your personal life. Leave all that stress at the office and use your personal time to relax and regroup. If you work from home, create a designated area for work activities. When the workday is over, close the door or cover your desk so you don’t have to think about it anymore.
Talk to your depression counselor about other ways to reduce stress levels. The team here at Perspectives Of Troy Counseling Centers in Michigan would be happy to assist you.