Many people in “high power jobs” have personal challenges that they are faced with at work. According to a recent survey conducted at John Hopkins University, Lawyers are the most likely to suffer from depression. This survey was conducted of 28 “high power jobs”, which included other professions like being a doctor or dentist.
Lawyers tend to say that this is due to the lack of meaning or sense of a “job well done” they have with their careers. For many legal professionals, they often experience ethical issues, including harassment in the workplace, and a general feeling of uneasiness while at work.
This dissatisfaction with their careers dramatizes the need to focus on an enabling process, so that they may seek positions that are consistent with their personal values and professional goals. For many workplaces, offering career or personal counseling often helps many people get out of a rut and back on track.
Studies have shown that regular exercise (cardiovascular activity for at least 30 minutes, three to five times a week) has demonstrated to have strong antidepressant effects, serve as an emotional release and keep you in shape. Though there are many theories as to why this is the case, the most well accepted reason is that exercise increases the release of chemicals that are related to mood. Anyone that has ever experienced a “high” (runners sometimes do) after a strenuous workout can attest to this.
Exercise is also an excellent distraction, and goes a long way toward eliminating a feeling of lethargy and fatigue. It helps improve body image, and many people report feeling confident and capable after a few weeks of working out. It does the body good, and it’s a great way to feel better about yourself.
Being happy at work is key. When starting at a company, look for a few important things, such as:
- Flexible working times. This does not change the number of hours that must be worked, but rather the way in which they are worked. If you aren’t a morning person, for example, you may benefit from coming into work at 10 and leaving at 6 as opposed to coming in at 9 and leaving at 5.
- A competitive salary. Salaries are predicted to rise 8.3% this year. Make sure that you are being paid what you deserve.
- An inviting corporate culture. If you join a firm which is hostile and unreceptive of new employees, you may find yourself full of stress and anxiety. Seek a place of employment where growth and change are expected and appreciated. You can find this out by simply asking other employees what working for that particular firm is like.