What to do when depressed

You can often choose whether to feel depressed or fulfilled. When you’re not satisfied with the way things are going in your life, job search, or career, you lack fulfillment. Depression is often the result. Your emotional body is like a car that stops when it runs out of gas. Depression can cause you to stop.

How to cure depression? Because being depressed is a complex psychological and physical state, there is no single cure. However psychologists say you can refuel yourself by getting back into activity. Although that’s not easy when you feel down, activity is a practical and exquisite antidote to depression.

Whenever you need a remedy for depression, choose an activity you like. You might base that activity on one of your values—something you’re attracted to like music or art. As you work at various jobs, letting any of your favorite skills lay dormant can cause you to experience anxiety or depression.

When depression causes your motor to stop, fill ‘er up with high test. That would be activities you enjoy doing. Or you can fill ‘er up with regular. That would be strong skills not being used at home or on the job.

Let’s say you have an inclination towards music or art as mentioned above. Then don’t just sit there—start developing those skills by getting involved with art or learning a musical instrument.

Most of you get depressed and angry after being told, “your services are no longer needed.” You’ll learn lots of other ways to cope with depression in the chapter titled “what to do when the ax falls” in my book, Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach. Click here to order the book from Amazon.

Copyright ©2016 by Ransom (Randy) Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of yourcareerservice.com. For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.