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Depression at work: How animals would cope

Wednesday, 17 August 2016 Emily Johnson

Sick of the same old tips for coping at work, Emily started to think how animals would manage.

Emily is a blogger and content strategist at She tweets at @emilyjohnson322

I love my work.

I do love the process of research, planning, reviewing, blogging, editing, and everything helping to show my writing skills. As the character of Colin Firth from The King's Speech said, "I have a voice!" And I do my best to be heard by as many people as possible.

The problem is, even a labour of love may tire you. The moment comes when your lifetime project ceases to inspire you, and you feel sad at work, experiencing nothing but emotional burnout and desperation to flip it off.

I didn't manage to avoid it. I became a victim of work depression.

Despite hundreds of articles sharing ways on dealing with this fatigue, I couldn't find any practical steps to beat my monster because writers referred to abstract concepts and techniques. All those vague tips brought nothing but frustration. So, after reading yet another piece of advice kind of "develop a positive attitude" (oh, ple-e-ease...), I decided to create a visual manual to share practical tips for those dealing with depression at work.

Including me. Applying the chemistry of human emotions, I've outfought my burnouts.

It's your turn now.

Catherine from our Information team says:

When it comes to improving our mental health at work, different things work for different people. It’s about finding what works best for you. It’s great that Emily has written this blog in such an interesting way. Whether you work in an office or from home, Emily’s tips and ideas could be helpful in a number of different workplace settings.

We know that for some people, physical exercise and daylight can reduce symptoms of depression and other mental health problems.

It’s currently unknown what affect grooming can have on our mental health. But we do know that doing something just for yourself - whether it’s spending time on your appearance or having a relaxing bath after work - can have a positive effect on your mood.

For further information, take a look at our pages on how to be mentally healthy at work and stress.

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