Posts Tagged ‘appetite’

Don’t Let Depression Swallow You Whole

Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Depression takes the life out of you. It can swallow you whole and sometimes be as debilitating as a physical illness. Don’t let it take you down–fight it!

If you find that you:

can’t sleep or sleep too much

feel hopeless or helpless

have lost your appetite or can’t stop eating

are more irritable and short-tempered than normal for you

can’t concentrate on tasks or ones that were once easy are now difficult

can’t control negative thoughts

have thoughts that life isn’t worth living (seek immediate help if so)

Seek help because you may be suffering from clinical depression.

Workplace Spoilers

Friday, September 24th, 2010

As I was driving home the other night I realized I’m lucky because my working life is relatively free of discord. Sure there are occasional misunderstandings or confusion about something said or done but overall I feel pretty good about my workplace and co-workers.

It hasn’t always been this way. I can remember one time when I started a new job and wasn’t well received. I wasn’t sure why but there were glances in my direction when I walked by and low level conversations that ended when I walked in the room. I kept thinking, “Am I going to make it here??” My first weeks in that job were definitely not pleasant. At times I felt like throwing a bag over my head or just giving up and finding my way to the nearest exit.

Before I started that job I had applied for a life insurance policy. One evening shortly after my hiring, a company sales rep. came to my home to meet with me. He had me stand on a scale. I was shocked by what I saw. I asked him if his scale was set right. He checked it out by looking at the setting then by weighing himself and assured me it was fine. I suppose under other circumstances looking at the scale would have been great news, but not this time. I had lost ten pounds and until I stepped on that scale was clueless that my weight had dropped. When I stopped to think about it I realized I hadn’t had much of an appetite since starting the job most likely because I was too nervous to eat. I’d been so caught up in trying to do well at work while struggling to gain acceptance at the same time, that I hadn’t realized how much I was letting it affect me. My weight drop was a wake-up call. I knew I had to change the way I was dealing with my new workplace or I was going to be in big trouble. (more…)