Back to work blues got you down? You are not alone

Feeling depressed about returning to work is common
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IF you've just returned to work after a nice relaxing holiday and are feeling terribly depressed to be back at the coalface, don't worry, you're not the only one.

Depression prevention organisation Beyond Blue chief executive Kate Carnell reassured people it was normal to experience 'back to work blues'.

"It's not uncommon for people to feel a bit down or flat for little while after they return from a great break spent among family and friends.

"Enjoying a relaxing holiday one minute, then suddenly returning to a regimented and sometimes stressful working environment can be tough.

"But you should adjust back into the normal swing of things within about a week," Ms Carnell said.

However, if people were feeling panicked, moody, irritable or sad about being at work and these feelings persisted, it might be a sign of depression or anxiety.

A new year should inspire people to improve their lives and if work was causing significant stress, it could be affecting their health.

Although 50% of all people felt uncomfortable talking about their mental health and wellbeing, if they experienced symptoms of depression, they should seek help from their GP or call the Beyondblue info line on 1300 224 636.

"People shouldn't be afraid to raise these issues," Ms Carnell said.

Topics:  blues depression work

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