4. Do you like what you are doing?
Another part of feeling depressed at work is that you might not like what you are doing.
I remember when I was working at the front desk at a hotel I loved my job when it was busy but I hated it when the times were slow. I had to stand behind the desk, smile at people walking by but in general was bored and got in my head. As a result, I started feeling depressed about my job.
I loved my job, though, and didn’t want to leave it so I set out to figure out what I could do to make my job less depressing during downtimes. I asked around and learned that I could help the concierge group with managing local information brochures. I would figure out what we needed, copy them and fold them. I know it doesn’t seem like much but it was far better than just sitting there.
Once I found a task to do I was able to be happier at my job.
So, do you like your job? Does the prospect of doing what you are doing now for the next few weeks or months fill you with dread or joy?
If you don’t love what you are doing, see if you can change it, either by tweaking it where you are working now or finding something new!
5. Does the idea of a new job improve your mood?
Ok, pause a minute and think about what it would feel like if you had a new job.
If, when you woke up in the morning, you liked where you were going to spend the next 8 hours. If your co-workers were good and your commute was doable.
How would that feel? Does the thought give you a feeling of elation or a feeling of hopelessness?
If it’s the first, it could be that it’s your job that is making you depressed and a job change could change everything. If it’s the second, I am guessing that you are depressed outside of your job and a job change won’t make a difference.
Feeling depressed at work is something that is really hard to deal with because work takes up so much of our life.
There are some ways to tell if you are depressed because of work or if it’s something else. These questions should help clarify for you.
If, after answering these questions, you see that you are not depressed because of work then it’s important that you see your primary care doctor as soon as possible to see about treatment for your depression. Depression will get worse the longer it goes untreated so do it now!
If the answers to your questions indicate that it is work that is making you depressed, make an effort to change it, either by adjusting your job where you work now or seeking a new one.
Life is too short to spend it being depressed. Make the change now so that you can be happy.
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