I'm sure you've all had a bad case of the Mondays, but it turns out the first day of the work week isn't as deadly as the middle. In a recent study published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, almost 25 percent of reported suicides occurred on Wednesday as compared to 14 percent on Mondays or Saturdays, the two days with the second-highest suicide rates. The researchers think Wednesday suicides have to do with being stressed and overworked by the middle of the week, and people are wondering how they'll make it to Friday.
To learn some ways to deal with work-related stress and depression
- If you have a lot of job-related thoughts on your mind when you wake up, do some repetitive exercise or yoga to relieve your stress.
- Start work a little earlier in the morning. With fewer people around and less distractions, you'll be able to concentrate and get a head start on your work load.
- Make a to-do list every day to better manage your time. If you have a set list of things to do, you'll feel less overwhelmed.
- Talk to your co-workers and bosses. If it's impossible to get your work done in the time expected, be honest about it.
- Don't be superwoman. With so many people losing their jobs around you, it's understandable that you want to say yes to every work-related request. If you take on too much, the stress can become unbearable. It can also affect your immune system and lead to illness.
- Take short breaks throughout your day. Go for a relaxing walk, grab a healthy snack, call a friend, listen to some music, or read a book. Do something that doesn't involve work so you can give your mind a break.
- When you're not at work, unwind with a soothing bath, a cup of tea, or try your hand at meditation.
- If your stress and depression are pushing you to thoughts of suicide, reach out to someone about it. Call 1-800-SUICIDE to get anonymous help, talk to a friend or family member, or make an appointment with a counselor.