Depression is a term often used to describe when you’re feeling low. However, depression itself is where these feelings begin to affect your day-to-day life for a long period of time. There are many strands of depression that determine how it is categorised, but the most important thing to remember is that it is a mental illness and not something to ignore.
If you’re suffering from depression, or think you might be, then you might find that it’s affecting your performance at work.
Recognise the symptoms of depression
Some of the symptoms of depression include:
- Feeling tired all the time
- Sadness and feeling weepy
- Numbness, loss of interest in things you used to enjoy
- Lacking a positive attitude
- Finding it takes you longer to get tasks done
- Withdrawing from all social interaction – hiding away from everyone
- Stress and frustration
- Feeling as though you cannot cope
- Not being able to picture any light at the end of the tunnel
- Calling in sick regularly
- Experiencing extreme emotions
Confide in someone
Telling someone about the way you’re feeling can help you to accept that you’re suffering from depression. It can often help you to move on from your current situation and you’ll feel better knowing that someone is there that you can talk to.
Reaching out to your friends and family will make them aware of what you’re going through; you’ll also feel more comfortable being yourself around them. Although opening up to those close to you can feel like a weight has been lifted, you still shouldn’t put off speaking to a professional who can give you advice on what to do next.
You can also visit your local mind drop-in centre where you can speak to someone in confidence about your feelings and get their advice on what to do next.
Take care of yourself
When you’re suffering from depression it can be easy to neglect yourself mentally and physically. Be good to yourself, and by this we mean:
- Make sure you’re getting enough sleep – a good night’s sleep can give you a mental boost and help you get through the day
- Make sure you’re eating nutritious foods such as fruit and vegetables – not only are they good for you but they’ll give you a 'feel good' factor too
- Do some light exercise – whether it be a long walk, a bike ride or taking up a sport, exercise releases endorphins that make you happy
- Do some meditation to help you relax
- Keep a journal of things that make you happy every day
- Read a book
- Spend some time with your loved ones
Seek medical help
If you feel you can’t open up to those around you or find that you’re having thoughts about self-harm you should seek the advice of a professional. They’re qualified to understand and help you through the recovery process; they’ll also be able to provide you with the right advice and support to help you manage your depression.