It’s natural to experience burnout once in a while at work. It could be due to a challenging project at hand, a steep target that you are chasing to achieve, or it could be due to a nagging boss or a co-worker. However, if it becomes a chronic condition, so much so that you begin to feel helpless, worthless, find it difficult to focus on work, or spend more time crying than keeping yourself composed – it could be that you’re suffering from depression at work.
Yes, unfortunately, many professionals are today fighting this monster and the worse is that they are fighting it alone. It isn’t that they have no support; rather, it is that many do not even recognize the early signs and end up struggling to come out of a condition they do not know about.
Before we get into the details of workplace anxiety and stress and how it is affecting professionals worldwide, here are a few quick facts on depression at work:
(The above stats have been sourced from Anxiety and Depression Association of America.)
So, how does this condition set in? And, how can one recognize it before it’s late?
To recognize the condition, look around you to see if someone is battling these signs – it could be anybody, including you.
People in depression are unaware of what is happening around them. These individuals are constantly hungry for attention; but when not received, they detach themselves from the world. They consider themselves worthless, without having a purpose or aim in life. This further leads them deeper into the condition and turns life upside down. In a way it sucks the life out of a person and drains him completely.
The current generation is extensively connected through social media, but this is not a real connection. They live on ‘likes’, ‘shares’, and ‘comments’ of others. They give too much importance to the ‘virtual life’, which leaves a void in the ‘real life’. There is a delusion that everything is fine, but deep within there is restlessness, which doesn’t let individuals live peacefully. This missing element of real connection makes them lonely even when surrounded by near ones. Many people complain about their lives as they see people around traveling, earning big paychecks, and living flamboyantly – assuming that they are all content with their lives. They contemplate that their own life is miserable. This feeling makes them more vulnerable and prone to this condition.
All of these along with severe stress and anxiety at work drive professionals to the depressed state.
Listed below are some effective ways that will assist you to get out of this mess. Remember, help is all around – you’ve got to reach out to the right people. If you feel you are battling any (or more than one) of the signs as mentioned above, do the below:
These self-help tips can assist you to manage your stress at workplace and help you relax. Nonetheless, should you still find it difficult to manage it, don’t miss to approach a therapist. Anxiety can lead to severe issues unless tackled timely – therefore, pay attention to the signs you (or someone at your workplace) are struggling with and seek help instantly.