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4 Habits We Do at Work That Bring About Depression and Anxiety

4 Habits We Do at Work That Bring About Depression and Anxiety

Throughout the workweek, mental health often becomes a lower priority compared to phone calls, emails, deadlines, and projects. Upper level managers and business executives experience a lot of stress and pressure as they make big decisions that can affect the success of the organization. Depression and anxiety can develop in many ways, but did you know that the small decisions you make in the workplace can also impact this? The Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) found in a national survey that of those in the workplace who experience anxiety and/or depression, the following issues occurred for them in the workplace as well: missing office parties or staff gatherings, difficulties managing workplace relationships, having a hard time giving presentations, and more. As you can see, mental illness can have a huge impact on your workplace performance.

Self-care is something that should be practice in the office just as much as out of it – yet between all of our daily tasks, we often neglect the very thing that keeps us grounded. Consider the following 5 ways that you could be worsening your symptoms of anxiety and/or depression:

  1.    Multitasking Time Magazine states that although us humans like to think we can check our email, complete a phone call and work on a project at once, we really can’t. If we try to, our mental health suffers – it’s better to work on one thing at a time.
  2.    Skipping lunch– we need food and nutrients to keep our body hydrated and energized for the mental and physical work we complete each day. Skipping lunch drains you of this and makes you more prone to being unable to think clearly or concentrate – signs that can develop into anxiety or depression if not taken care of.
  3.     Not taking breaks – staring at the computer screen for too long, scheduling meetings back to back, and skipping breaks because you have “too much” work to do actually rids your mind and body the opportunity to revitalize. With this drained energy, you become less productive, and more prone to mental health concerns.
  4.     Drinking too much coffee and energy drinks– a 2016 study found a positive correlation between energy drink consumption and symptoms of mental health problems. While these drinks may keep you awake, the sugar and caffeine can dehydrate your body and send it into overdrive meaning an increased risk for anxiety.

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