Non-drug strategies for improving concentration when depressed?
December 8, 2012 10:03 AM Subscribe
Due to depression, I'm having a lot of trouble concentrating at work. Are there non-drug strategies that I can try?
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For other health reasons, I am not currently on medications for my clinical depression. I have already been referred for therapy, so I will be getting help (though these things always seem to take so very long).
But in the meantime, I'd really like to try to keep my job. I'm having a great deal of trouble concentrating on my work while at work. Things are slow right now (and my job isn't over-demanding), so I haven't missed any deadlines and no one has complained, but I can see how little I'm getting done each day. Most of my time is lost in displacement activities from my work: reading metafilter, even tvtropes (I think this is when I realised I was hitting bottom). But eve after I get back to work, I find my mind wandering off work and looking for displacement activity after only a few minutes.
It probably doesn't help that my job is quite solitary (I may not talk to anyone all day) and at the moment extremely boring (I'm doing data-entry, as opposed to programming or something more challenging). The former is probably making my depression worse, while the latter frankly bores me. I do listen to podcasts, but they can't be too interesting (I can't follow stories, etc, when doing data-entry).
Are there specific, non-drug strategies that might help me build up my concentration?
If it helps to know: I work in a private office - I leave the door open, but no one will mind me getting up and walking around or doing weird stuff every do often. There is no place at my work where I can socialize with other people (no lunch room, etc).