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.