The career life can sometimes lead to depression for the ambitious. Many people struggle with a work-life balance of performing well at work and generating good results, whilst also maintaining a good social life. Then, of course, you also have many other responsibilities in your life such as taking care of your kids, making time for your wife/husband,
Safe to say, this can become stressful, but also lead to depression. The best way to tackle depression whilst also succeeding well in your career is by preparing and consciously adapting your life and taking measures to prevent it. If you are already depressed, there are a few other pieces of advice and routes you may need to take to achieve overall better well-being.
In this article, we share our best tips to tackle depression in your career, but also how to handle it if you have already become depressed.
Get help online
If you are depressed, it is advised to seek expert help. If you don’t feel like meeting someone in person, technology has allowed us to get help online. You can seek online counseling for depression and get help online from an expert. BetterHelp has created an in-depth guide of 5 reasons why online counseling for depression works.
Find your work-life balance
We hear this term all the time. ”Work-life balance”. But what is it really possible? And how can you find this balance?
The answer to this question is that there is no fixed answer. You need to find what works for you. Everyone is different, and therefore, the answers are as well.
The key is to find a balance between your work and social life where you still feel satisfied in your career and performance and that you are consistently making progress and generating results that you can be proud of, whilst at the same time making time for your social life, contemplation, and reflection. This is hard, and a lot of people struggle with this. The best tip is to try in order to find what works for you. No one can answer this question for you, but just make sure that you get a healthy balance between your social life and work-life in order to avoid burnout and depression.
Take time to reflect and contemplate
In a busy career life, it can be difficult to find time for reflection and contemplation. At the same time, this is key in order to find what works for you. Make sure you carve out some time every week, or ideally every day in order to reflect on your life, the things you are doing, and the things you want to be doing. Here are some helpful questions that you can ask yourself and reflect on:
- Are you where you want to be in your life?
- Where do you want to be?
- What would you want to be doing?
- Do you want to work less or more?
- Do you think you have a healthy balance between work and social life?
- What can you do to reduce stress and pressure in your life?
- Do you feel that what you are doing is meaningful?
Depending on the answers to these questions, you may or may not find that you want to, and need to make changes in your life. It may involve a career change, or it may involve working more or less.
Ask yourself: what do I want to be doing?
A common reason that people get depressed is that they are doing something they do not enjoy doing. Do you feel excited and motivated to get up in the morning to take on the tasks that are in front of you? If you don’t feel this every day, don’t worry. We all have good and bad days, but if you feel unmotivated every single day when you wake up, it may be a sign that you should be doing something else. It is extremely important for your well-being that you do something you enjoy doing and are passionate about. This will also ultimately generate the best results.