When you really enjoy what you do, going to work isn’t hard at all. In fact, it’s something you look forward to and are really happy with what you’re achieving. But, if you’re not feeling like that and you’re dreading going to work, is it possible that your job is making you depressed?
Workplace depression affects everybody differently and stems from different factors. When we’re at our jobs for so much of our lives, it’s possible that how we’re being treated, boredom, or lack of a work-life balance can throw out our happiness and turn us into our job – which is something we definitely are not.
Sometimes people stay in unsatisfying roles because of the money, the fear of not finding something else, other people’s expectations, or the fact that it is convenient. However, staying in a job that is making you depressed is bad for your mental health and also for those around you who can see that you are unhappy.
If your job is making you feel like you have no free time, that you are undervalued and not good enough, it could be the reason that you are feeling a bit worthless and helpless. Are you taking more sick days than you should be? Or are you actually getting sick from the stress your work places on you?
There are a few signs that can help you recognise if your job is making you unhappy:
1. You get anxious before going to work.
And not in the excited way. In the way that you wonder what would happen if you ‘accidentally’ tripped and broke your leg or had a minor car crash just to stop you from getting there. The thought of going into work makes you feel ill and stressed, even before stepping through the door.
2. You get sick often
The stress can wear down your immune system, leaving you susceptible to illnesses that can be easily avoided. You also call in sick more than you should, because your work is making you that upset.
3. You’re under-appreciated
And you know it. You crave the praise that you rarely get and feel over the moon when you receive it. Most of the time you are being yelled at to the point where you don’t feel good enough and you have to claw yourself back into the boss’ good books.
4. You’re becoming your job
All you can think about, talk about and breathe about is your job – in a negative way. It’s getting you down and affecting your personal life, not to mention your sex life. You spend more time at work than others and feel like you’re dragging your feet home every night.
5. You’re not happy
This may seem like an obvious one, but sometimes is the most overlooked. You find it hard to see the positive side of things at work or at home, you’re exhausted, and you genuinely aren’t enjoying your life because of work.
If you feel like your job is making you depressed, it’s important to talk to someone about it so that you can take the appropriate steps to get out with the support that you need.
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