AS@W
AS@W Antidepressant Skills at Work: Dealing with Mood Problems in the Workplace
Antidepressant Skills
Reactivating Your Life

When you are feeling down, you might stop doing the activities that normally keep your mood positive. Leaving these positive activities out of your life increases the risk that you will become depressed. In the workplace, this can involve taking on difficult tasks without balancing them with more rewarding ones, not taking care of your own needs at work, or not keeping a balance between work and personal life.

If you stop taking care of yourself or doing enjoyable activities, your life becomes more dull and discouraging. This can contribute to the depressed mood becoming worse.

In other words: depressed mood leads to inactivity, but inactivity makes depressed mood worse. What seems like a good coping strategy actually tends to maintain or intensify depression. The solution: Don’t wait until you feel like doing more. Waiting actually makes it less likely that you will get better. And don’t wait until you feel motivated – as you get better, you will regain a sense of motivation.

Depression <-> Inactivity

 

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