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You’ve probably noticed from the tone of the (very few) blog posts I write that I haven’t been in the best of spirits. I’ve haven’t come out and said it, but I’ve been suffering from depression and anxiety since October. I really struggled there for a while, but thankfully it is mostly gone away now. I attribute this to two main factors: seeking professional counseling and essential oils. I’ll share more about my essential oil journey in a future post, but for now, here’s a few small ways I was able to overcome my depression and anxiety at work.
- Break the day into two equal sections. I’m fortunate enough to work a 8-5 pm schedule, so the first half of the day for me is from 8-12 and the second half 1-5.
- Walk around the building. My co-worker got me hooked on power walking the building. I work in a large complex, and if you make 4 laps around the upstairs it is a full mile. Some people take smoke breaks; I take walking breaks.
- Decorate your office. I’m fortunate enough to have an office to myself, and I’ve found that decorating it with things that make me happy make me feel better.
- Work through your depression. When I’m depressed, I just want to do nothing. I have to force myself to work through the depression.
- Ask extra questions. When I’m depressed, my brain can be foggy. I make sure to ask extra questions when my supervisors assign me projects.
- Take extra notes. Along the same lines, I make sure to take extra notes as my supervisors explain things.
- Don’t check your email or your phone. I struggle with being distracted. I have a short attention span, so whenever I get on the computer to do a project, I tend to check my email and start another project… and completely forgetting what I was originally working on.
- Make a “to-do” list. I’ve found myself forgetting to work on certain projects, so I’ve been making a “to-do” list for each day. I review it before I leave work each night.
- Make a “ta-done” list. I completely made up this word. It’s the opposite of a “to do” list. I was wondering what I had done all day, because I felt busy, but I didn’t actually do anything. I am so much more productive when I can tell you what I’ve done all day. It’s like a game to see how much work I can get done in an 8 hour timespan.
- Clean your desk. When my desk is unorganized, I feel unorganized. Recently I lost a file in my desk… and spent 5 hours looking for it. Yikes! I recently moved into a new office, and besides giving me more space to work in, it also helped me go through the piles of paperwork sitting on my desk.
- Get a social life outside of work. This has been a little hard for me, since I work 50-55 hours a week between two jobs, but I’ve found that having things to look forward to in my off-time help me to feel better when I am at work.