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Hello - just joined this forum today, it's been a rough couple days, and lots of ups and downs over the last few months due to stress at work and feeling overloaded/overwhelmed at work. I work in a bureaucratic system where I feel there are a lot of factors out of my control, which makes focusing on the future difficult. Ironically, we are provided with counsellors and the LifeWorks program via work...so if I didn't have this job, I wouldn't have access to this program. But it is my job causing me to feel depressed/exhausted/anxious/overwhelmed. Did anyone guess I'm a public school teacher?
Being on here and just tracking my moods/activity for the day seems to already be helping just a little...I feel like this community forum will help me to stay on track with the CBT course.
Thank you all for your support and for being here.
Thank you for your response Ashley!
Yes it does seem to be the case in most jobs that it is a requirement to be able to find calm within the stressful aspects. I am realizing (by tracking my moods this week) that it's not my actual job (teaching, working with kids) that causes me stress - but the external, bureaucratic factors outside of my control.
The things that seem to help me with my anxiety/depression are getting outside, going to the pool once or twice a week (something to look forward to not related to work, and it's good exercise), playing music (either alone or with friends), or just being with a few friends to talk and have some good company. Watching a program on Netflix can sort of help but I find it is mostly a distraction and then I can easily go back to feeling anxious once the program is over.
That being said, I think it is key, especially heading in to the dark winter months, to keep engaging with good friends and to keep up my exercise when I can. Do you have any tips for dealing with external factors at work out of your control? Or how to at least be at peace with them if you can't change them?