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The Busy Blues: Take Steps Now to Head off Stress-Induced Depression

Magazine article Success

The Busy Blues: Take Steps Now to Head off Stress-Induced Depression

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If you're reading this magazine, and you're especially interested in side-hustling, we're willing to bet you're the kind of person who keeps busy. That can be a good thing.

You may be used to juggling several different projects. Plus a personal or family life. And who knows what else? This is where things can get tricky, if you pile on, for example, a sick parent. Or home repairs. Or a problem employee or co-worker? Too much, and you might find yourself feeling stressed.

We've written about handling stress in this column before, but want to go a step further now. Because research shows chronic stress is a possible factor in a topic we haven't covered deeply here: depression.

As a society, we have to start thinking of depression the way we would any so-called "tangible" health problem, such as heart disease or cancer. Catch it early, and you've got a good shot at licking it. Let the problem linger, and the results could be very serious. In either case, you should be talking to your doctor and quite likely a mental health professional for help.

Before it gets to that point, let's start with some ideas to help keep your stress from creating depression.

TALK IT OUT. Even just talking about your problems with your spouse, friends, or a taxi driver can help provide release. Beyond that, cognitive behavioral therapy has been shown to be quite effective. It doesn't tell you how to feel, but rather, it teaches you how to stay calm and cool when you're upset about a problem, so that you can figure out what to do and how to feel better. …

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