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Is Your Mental Health Impacting The Way You Work?

Consider this: Your average day is much like running a multi talented solo act at the circus. From juggling college or work deadlines to knocking off household chores, you have to do it all and with utmost efficiency.

Given what we are coping with on a daily basis, it’s no wonder that more than 56 million people suffer from depression and 38 million people suffer from anxiety disorders in India. Chances are, there are also individuals who are living with both conditions. We've all felt the low-level burn that comes from taking on yet another project when you're already at capacity. Just as we have all experienced the last-minute scramble to finish a paper as the heart-stopping, white-knuckle deadline draws near.

In this blog, we help you navigate how depression and anxiety affect your productivity at the workplace or college or even at home.

What does depression look like?

If you have been feeling on edge these days, you are not alone. Depression is a serious mental health condition that can affect a person's ability to function in their daily life. One of the most significant impacts of depression is on productivity. It can be a career saboteur. You may experience a lack of motivation in doing tasks, difficulty in concentrating and a feeling of hopelessness. This can make it challenging to complete tasks, meet deadlines, and maintain a consistent work schedule.

Depression can also lead to absenteeism and presenteeism, which can have a significant impact on your productivity. Absenteeism is when you are absent from work or school due to illness or other reasons, while presenteeism is when you are present but not fully engaged due to their mental health condition. Similar to depression, anxiety also rears its head in our lives when we are especially feeling stressed about impending deadlines or a project that is forcing you out of our comfort zone.

How does anxiety affect productivity?

Ever feel yourself having negative thoughts that feel invasive to your regular routine? Do you know what that is? Yes, you guessed it right, it is your anxiety manifesting recurrently. People with anxiety may experience constant worry, fear, and apprehension, which can make it challenging to concentrate and complete tasks. Anxiety can also cause physical symptoms such as sweating, increased heart rate, and difficulty breathing, which can further impact your productivity. Due to this, you may lose the ability to focus on the subject at hand, use your imagination, or come up with fresh ideas while worrying about something you cannot control.

What can you do to manage this?

Create a Routine

Manage your time more effectively. Breaking down tasks into smaller, manageable chunks can make them feel more achievable, reducing feelings of anxiety.

Get Enough Sleep

Getting enough sleep is crucial for maintaining good mental health. Try to establish a consistent sleep routine, and aim for 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Lack of sleep can exacerbate symptoms of depression and anxiety and negatively impact your productivity.

Practice Self Care

Take time to prioritize your self-care needs. This may involve activities such as exercise, mindfulness, spending time with loved ones, or engaging in hobbies. Engaging in self-care activities can help reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety and increase productivity.

Let Your Employer or College Know

Letting your employer or school know about your mental health condition can help them understand and support you. They may be able to provide accommodations such as flexible working hours, additional breaks, or reduced workload to help you manage your symptoms.

Remember that managing depression and anxiety takes time, and it's important to be patient and kind to yourself. If you feel that your symptoms are starting to get unmanageable, we always advise that you seek out professional support to help you better :)

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