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How Depression Can Actually Be A Good Thing

How Depression Can Actually Be A Good Thing

Depression is a mood disorder that causes persistent feelings of sadness and loss of interest. This affects how you think, how you feel, and how you behave. It leads to a majority of physical and emotional changes in your body. However, it isn’t something you can just snap out of. Depression still requires treatment and this is no way undermines depression and its complications. It still brings into light its positives that may give those suffering from its hands some hope. Although depression may occur only one time during your life, many people have multiple episodes of depression. There are different types of depression, some vary from anxious distress, melancholic features, atypical features, and seasonal patterns. However, it is not all bleak and dark. Depression can also be a good thing — not that it is great or anything. Here is how. You might be able to surprisingly relate or even be surprised. I hope this article gives you relief from the pain and stigma that depression ends up giving its patients.

Remember, you are not alone. We are with you and your endeavors to come out of it and land back on your feet. Here are some surprisingly positive outlooks on depression.

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    1. IT UNLOCKS CREATIVITY

    It is notable that depression unleashes your creative sides. Depression can actually get the creative juices flowing throughout the body, mind, and soul spectacularly well. Though you may feel you are getting nowhere, depression creates a lot of thinking patterns in you. You start thinking deeper. You might be able to focus more on life. You try to unfold the mysteries of life. It is beautiful if you think about it. You start living out of the norm. It is beneficial. You start living life on new terms. It makes you a much better person. You start understanding things better.

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      2. IT MAKES YOU A BETTER PERSON

      When you have depression, you can tell when others are frustrated, depressed, and feeling unusual. You become a better judge of character. This quality is unlike anything else. I have gotten through depression and can completely understand this feeling. You can relate to people on a much deeper level. You become more grounded. An individual that is down to earth is beautiful to behold, if I say so myself. There are very few people that are like that, so take pleasure in knowing that you are one of those few chosen gems. You are rare, take it from me!

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        3. MAKES YOU REACH OUT

        Trying to unlock the mysteries of depression is impossible. However, when I had depression I would read a lot. I would grab anything that came my way, in order to understand the happenings of the illness and possibly find some sort of cure. So, depression makes you reach out and makes you smarter in the long run. Reading is a great way to engage all the senses. It also gives you a good night’s rest. When you start reaching out to people, you uncover so many new things about yourself that you never may have known if you weren’t in depression. It helps you become a better person, more aware of your surroundings — which will help you in the long run. You’ll start socializing because you don’t take things for granted anymore.

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          4. YOU BECOME LESS PASSIVE AND MORE PASSIONATE

          During this crisis, you start finding out what your true passions are. Because everything seems so dull and bleak, you start to search for things that touch your heart and soul, and make you feel alive. In many ways, you start doing, instead of thinking. So, this (in relativity) is depression, for those who don’t know much about it.

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            5. YOU UNLOCK THE MYSTERIES OF LIFE

            When you are in depression, you begin to wonder a lot of things. Your mind goes from one topic to another in an instant. Hence, you start a path in curiosity that leads you to unlock several of life’s mysteries, like how the body works, etc. So, it can actually be a good thing. You can come to several conclusions about life, or just keep on wondering! The choice is your’s. Because you reach out to more people, you start discovering so many new things, ideas, innovations, as well as inventions. It is truly a beautiful sight to behold.

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              Last Updated on September 28, 2020

              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

              The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

              At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

              Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

              One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

              When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

              So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

              Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

              This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

              Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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              When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

              Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

              One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

              Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

              An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

              When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

              Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

              Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

              We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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              By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

              Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

              While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

              I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

              You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

              Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

              When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

              Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

              Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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              Con #2: Less Human Interaction

              One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

              Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

              Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

              This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

              While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

              Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

              Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

              This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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              For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

              Con #4: Unique Distractions

              Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

              For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

              To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

              Final Thoughts

              Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

              We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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