By Karen Fernandez
You’re rushing to make it to a project deadline. Your laptop fizzles. Your colleague bails out. Your boss fumes. Everyone’s familiar with this kind of scenario. No one’s a stranger to work stress. You deal with it and then move on. Worst, it can lead to depression.
Filipinos are known for being hardworking people. Unfortunately, work has also become a factor that commonly causes depression among us.
But if depression happens at the workplace on the daily, coupled with other negative factors bombarding your life, stress can plummet into the downward spiral that is depression.
You can tell when you’re close to that edge. You come to work predisposed to it. You start the day with a baggage that you have no control of your job. You want to give up on making a difference and yet you fear getting fired. You withdraw socially. Your colleagues start to notice a marked decrease in your productivity and effectiveness. You’re frustrated. Your behavior shifts drastically. You feel powerless and your self-esteem drops to an all-time low. Every. Single. Day.
It’s vital to know what causes your work stress to become workplace depression. Could it possibly be internal? From your point of view, perhaps you feel you’re a wrong fit for your job. Perhaps you and the company don’t share the same values –which triggers ethical discomfort. If you’re a mother, you could be suffering from ‘working parent guilt’. If you’re a workaholic, you could be pushing yourself to an unhealthy work/life imbalance. Maybe you do want to quit your job, but financial struggles are holding you back. And now you feel trapped.
There are external triggers, too. Unreasonable demands from management, poor project practices, poor working conditions, low morale spun by the higher-ups, and bullying from co-workers and bosses alike.
If any of these toxic scenarios are happening to you, here are some tips that can help you cope:
- Recognizing when you’re becoming depressed is a good first step. The sooner you accept, the sooner you can find a solution.
- Taking breaks in always a good way to detach from what fuels your anxiety. Take a week-long leave from work, too.
- Talking to supportive family and friends may seem awkward at first. But there are people out there who are ready to lend an ear and a shoulder for you.
- Getting professional help from a therapist can open you up to relaxing solutions like meditation and yoga.
- Watching yourself is crucial. Workplace depression can make you forget self care.
Remember to eat healthy, sleep well, exercise, and take daily supplements. Stress affects your overall wellness. Wherever you work, whatever you do, it’s good to have a supplement that replenish your nutrients naturally. A bottle of RELAX in your bag to de-stress when needed is one way of taking good care of yourself everyday.