Beat Depression

Depression at Work: Tips for Getting Help

A woman experiencing anxietyMany people find it difficult dealing with depression and anxiety in the workplace; you are not alone. It is hard to keep a good positive balance as work is often very demanding. If this is starting to affect your life, please seek help from a professional as only they can properly diagnose and help treat your depression.

Take advantage of your company’s benefits plan or a program they may offer; many companies are now seeing how depression affects the work of employees and are offering in house programs and treatment options. It’s as simple as contacting your company’s Human Resource Department and asking if it is covered in your benefits plan or if they offer a program for depression. If your workplace doesn’t offer any programs for depression, ask your General Practitioner or local health clinic about getting checked.

Getting help from a professional will help you find the source of your depression; your trigger points. To help manage depression at work you must remove or learn to accept the problem. Learning to think more positively will also help. The more negative thoughts, the more susceptible you are to getting depression. It’s sometimes difficult to be positive at work, especially if you are not in an environment you enjoy, but you must not let anxiety and/or stress control you. If you do start feeling depressed, try doing something constructive or think positive thoughts.

If you are suffering from some of the following depression symptoms over an extended period of time, you should seek help as you might be suffering from depression.

Depression Changes in weight

Changes in Weight

Depression can result in some people trying to fill an emotional void by turning to food. They will get an unexpected craving for junk food and even as simple as over eating. On the other hand, depression, can make others start to lake interest in food and lose weight without even noticing it. When at work I try to keep something to snack on near my desk. This keeps my mind off food and my stomach satisfied!

Problems Sleeping

As like with weight change, depression affects peoples sleeping patterns with one extreme or the other. People can either suffer from insomnia or become suddenly tired and sleep all day. Waking up in the middle of the night constantly, is a very common symptom of people suffering depression. Its hard to stay happy and alert at work without getting a goodnight sleep. People become very angry and irritable and find it hard to get tasks completed.

Physical Aches and Pains

Not many people know that depression has physical symptoms as well. When suffering an depression episode, people will sometimes feel sick to their stomach, knots in their gut, overall body aches and pains, or exacerbated chronic conditions. It will also lower the body’s immune system causing constant illnesses; such as the flu or a cold.

Anger and Irritability

If you are constantly depressed it is easier for people to become frustrated. In most instances people that are frustrated usually manifest anger. Some people believe that anger is merely depression turned inwards. Having little things that normally don’t bother you control the mood of your day is a common symptom of depression.


Many people find that they are unable to focus/concentrate when suffering depression. For some a simple task is being drug out for three or four times longer than it should take, others struggle to formulate their thoughts coherently. This can be very hard to deal with, especially at work. If you are feeling like you have no mental energy and your mind is consistently wandering; it might be time to seek professional help for your depression.

Depression can be overwhelming at sometimes and interfere with your ability to work. You must however keep a positive routine and remember you are not alone. Take some initiative if you are feeling depressed. Only you can go see a professional that can help you treat depression.

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Healthy Eating

You’re Not Doing Your Metabolism A Favor

Severe dieting, starvation, not doing any exercises, doing the wrong exercises, eating the wrong food and wrong supplements usage are only a part of the list of things with which you’re not doing your metabolism a favor.

Severe dieting is almost the same as starvation – either you’re eating almost nothing or you’re really eating nothing at all. Both decisions can do you only harm and nothing more, really. While you’re punishing yourself with withholding from any kind of food in the belief that you’ll actually do something good for yourself, you’re doing quite the opposite. During your severe dieting (starvation) process, your body’s defense system gets activated and it’s acting like a shield on your behalf because your body gets all the signals that you’re in some kind of danger. Your body is actually in distress. So, while you’re trying to lose a few pounds by refusing to eat, your body will do anything to keep them. The only worse thing that’ll happen to you, beside not losing any pounds, are the changes your body is going through. Maybe you can’t see them, but you’ll feel them eventually. Your metabolism will get slower and slower by the minute because of the hormonal, metabolic, and behavioral reactions to your choices.

Doing exercises is a good thing, but if you’re not an expert or you haven’t consulted an expert in that area the only thing you should be doing is walking. Each and every body is different and that is why we need to turn to professionals for advice. The results of doing the wrong exercises could be more than just not experiencing any fat loss. You could actually hurt yourself and that is something you should be trying to avoid. If you have decided to do some exercises, you should consult a personal trainer or a gym instructor. It is their job to know what’s good for your body and what exercises will bring you the all so wanted results.

Supplements usage seems to get very popular these days, all thanks to the commercials. Yes, supplements can do you good, but they can also do you harm. Supplements are chemistry the same way the medications are and you shouldn’t leave that choice to yourself. Wrong supplements can also cause hormonal and metabolic changes. Basically, you could get ill when all you ever wanted to do is get more healthy. Your body is not a toy so you shouldn’t be playing around with it by doing unnecessary experiments.

If you really want to get in shape and get healthier, the last thing you want to do is to slow your metabolism and get stressed out. Before going on a diet, you should consult a nutritionist. Maybe you’ll have to do a few tests, but it’s for your own good. The experts need to know what your body needs and what it doesn’t need. Also, these experts are the ones that’ll tell you whether you need any kind of supplements or not. If you want to get in shape by doing exercises, you should consult a personal trainer or other fitness professionals.

Olivia Still is a blogger, fitness enthusiast, and online marketing consultant for a number of Australian companies. Currently evaluatingthe effects of protein supplements.