Depression and Career May be Linked
I thrive on challenge in life. This is how my depression and career are related. If I’m not challenged, or I am not doing something that gives me some sense of accomplishment, it allows my mind to wander and it affects my motivation to do other normal daily things. Are you the same?
My depression was linked to my career in this way because in the last few years my career has not presented me with enough challenges.
It slowly has become more and more difficult to focus on things that don’t challenge me or I am not interested in.
Then I start to dwell on things that I never get around to doing or aspects of my life that I’m not happy with.
Originally I didn’t realize that the lack of challenge in my life was giving me depressive thoughts. I thought there was something wrong with me, but I couldn’t figure it out. Well I now know that nothing is wrong with me, its just the path I am currently following is the wrong one.
Changing Course is a website that I found has a ton of useful resources to help with changing careers if you feel your depression is related to it. It is most comprehensive website I have seen regarding career change.
I mentioned accomplishment as well, because as I have felt less challenged as time has passed, I don’t feel as much accomplishment either. And given the amount of time we spend at our jobs, don’t we need to feel that we are working towards something? I feel that I am wasting my time without the fulfillment that challenge and its rewards bring. Do you feel this way?
For those of us with depression, it leads us to dwelling negatively, which causes us to feel stress. Our brains feel as though they are under attack, so they submit to these thoughts, whatever they might be.
I used to think about how unhappy I was about my life and feeling guilty about how could I be unhappy when I was healthy and had a well paying job, etc… Now I think about new career ideas, investing opportunities, content for this website.
As I write this I still don’t know what I’m going to do in the future. I know that I can’t continue in my present career because its not presenting me with enough challenges that I enjoy.
But at least now I have identified that my depression and career is something I need to address because it has made me unhappy.
What might your potential career passions be? Look into it! We are only here once!