Best Jobs For People With Depression
There are many sites online that talk about the best jobs for people with depression or jobs for depressed people. But I want to point out the obvious. The right job will NOT eliminate your depression.
Lets first start with determining what depression is. If you suffer from clinical or mild depression then no explanation is necessary, but if you are here looking to educate yourself a little bit maybe with the hope that you may be able to help a friend then: below is an overview of clinical depression as stated by the Mayo Clinic.
“Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. Also called major depressive disorder or clinical depression, it affects how you feel, think and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems. You may have trouble doing normal day-to-day activities, and sometimes you may feel as if life isn’t worth living.”
Clinical depression to be clear is not just a case of the “blues” but rather a condition that may require long term treatment.
Jobs For Depressed People Don’t Really Exist
I keep seeing articles online that tout that the correct job will heal your depression. I do not believe this is true.
In fact I see that there are a number of studies that say certain factors or conditions within your workplace culture can contribute to feeling depressed.
- The amount of stress involved in your job.
- Whether or not you have the opportunity to take adequate time off without repercussions.
- Whether or not you have a flexible work arrangement.
- Non-relaxed work environment.
- If you don’t have all the tools to do your job.
- No opportunity for growth.
These are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to contributing factors of depression from the workplace. Stress however seems to be a common theme throughout a number of studies dealing with workplace mental health.
Cognitive Behavior Skills Instead Of The Perfect Job For Depressed People
Most everybody has to make a living. The key is to find a means to make money doing something that is tolerable. No employment is ever perfect. I remember watching a tv show that summed up employment perfectly. They called it the loop.
You get up each day, do your morning routine, go to work for 8+ hours, get home, eat, relax for an hour or two, and then start the loop all over again the next day.
Routines can be a very good thing in our lives but they can become tiresome also. They can lead us to wonder; is this all there is?
If you couple these routines with workplace stress and the ever increasing demands of our jobs it can really take a toll on people that suffer from depression. No job is perfect and no doubt you will experience good and bad days. The trick is in how you handle the downs with the ups.
If you suffer from depression then you really need to be aware of what contributes to the down days. If you can learn to recognize your negative thoughts and counter or replace them with more positive responses it can really aid you in work life functioning. This is a type of cognitive behavioral skill that can be learned.
This skill can help you tolerate the less than perfect job. Because let’s face it jobs are never perfect and neither is life. If you are looking for the best jobs for people with depression, they don’t really exist. There is no perfect job. You will always find that there is something with every job that you just don’t like. The trick is to find something that you can tolerate doing long term.
But there are some types of employment that are better than others for people who suffer from depression or anxiety, although there seems to be 2 schools of thought about which types of jobs are best for people that suffer from depression:
1 Jobs that interact with people.
2 Jobs that have little to no interaction with people.
I will leave it up to you to determine whether or not you enjoy working and interacting with people. Some people feel too isolated working jobs without any outside interaction.
Some Jobs For People That Suffer With Depression and/or Anxiety
The following jobs may be a good fit for the level of depression that you experience however ultimately you are the only person who can determine whether or not these jobs will work for your situation.
Also some of these jobs offer a second benefit in addition to employment to pay the bills. Remember before when I talked about how workplace culture can contribute to you feeling depressed because of the stress level, not having flexibility in your workday etc.? Well with some of these jobs it is possible for you to start a small business and work for yourself.
This allows you to essentially call the shots day to day. Keep in mind though, when you work for yourself you will need to practice disciple. If you decide to only work one hour per day, just because you can, you will never be successful. On the other hand though, you will have the flexibility to structure your days to your liking and to change up your schedule day by day if you wish.
So here is the list of jobs in no particular order:
Residential or Commercial Cleaning-
This is one of those jobs that you can learn the ropes by working for a cleaning company (for little pay) and then transition into opening up your own company.
I have a bit of experience with this one. I have operated a one person residential cleaning company for over 6 years. At first I wanted to grow the company to many employees and numerous accounts but then I decided that it would be easier to cherry pick my best accounts and work the business solo.
A cleaning company is one of those businesses that you can start with very little money and work as much or as little as you would like. Most of the time you can set your own hours either daytime for residential customers, or early evening or weekends only for commercial accounts.
The sky is the limit when it comes to earnings too. You have to be aware though that if you run the business alone you will only be able to service a certain amount of accounts.
This type of business is good if you don’t want to have too much interaction with people throughout your work hours. All of my accounts are not home when I come to clean which allows me to listen to music and do things at my own pace.
Although I have other streams of income to earn money now days, I still work a few accounts each month through my cleaning company. On average I earn $45-$50 per hour doing this. So as you can see even if you wanted to hire an employee or 2 or 3, the money you earn per account will pay for them and still allow you to make a nice profit.
Freelancing And Online Gigging-
With the growing number of online opportunities and sites like Upwork and Fiverr there are more and more people making a living or supplementing the income through gigging.
If you have never gone to any of the freelance sites I recommend that you do so. There are a ton of them just google “freelance jobs”.
Whatever type of work you are interested in doing remotely, you are likely to find an opportunity for it on these sites. The easiest way to get started in my opinion is to write articles.
You might have to work for reduced pay in the beginning in order to get your experience/job rating established on the sites but it will be worth it to get some momentum going. Then you can raise your pricing.
These sites give you a chance to accept only the type of work that you want to do. Once you are established you can make good money too. There are many people earning at least $30-$50 per hour.
This is more of a category rather than on specific job. If you enjoy nature, then there are definitely some opportunities for you.
You can work for a State Park in your area. You can work for a landscaping company or lawn maintenance company. Heck you can even start your own landscaping company.
I have a good friend that operates a one person landscape company. He does very well for himself and works seasonally since we are in a climate that has snow around 6 months per year.
This is one of those categories that has more than one way to be successful.
There are different eCommerce platforms available for you to use if you want to open up an online store. The most popular being shopify and bigcommerce.
You also can tap into online third party platforms like Amazon, Ebay, Etsy, and the like.
Then you also have online store plugins for wordpress like WooCommerce.
This method of making a living may be a bit more risky and might not be for everyone.
Through the Amazon FBA program (another of my income streams) I have been able to make more than a full time income for over 5 years now. I started to dabble with Amazon FBA as an experiment that was funded by $250. I make money right away. Mind you this was over 5 years ago and the Amazon platform is much more competitive now.
I don’t say this to discourage you but to rather make you aware that you don’t want to just jump into this without educating yourself a bit first.
You can make a lot of money with Amazon FBA but you also have to keep in mind that you are using the Amazon platform and there are rules and fees involved. You are at their mercy. That being said the opportunity is still great.
This may be a good business for you if you suffer from depression and you want to have control over your day to day activities. In fact I have my business set up in a manner that if I wanted to take a month off I could with no problems at all.
In fact there are many ways to make money online and it is becoming more and more popular so now is a good time to explore your options.
Affiliate Marketing Through Blogging-
This is my favorite recommendation for you if you suffer from depression and are looking for a job that is a good fix. Well not really a job but rather a great way to earn income while controlling almost every aspect of your business.
You have obviously heard of blogging since you are visiting my blog right now but do you realize that you can make money through blogging? With a blog and the use of affiliate marketing you can do just that.
If you can be disciplined and maintain a loose routine you should be able to earn an income with an affiliate blog.
If you struggle with depression and anxiety affiliate blogging is a perfect match for you.
You are able to write/blog about things everyday that you are interested in which makes it not so much a job but rather something you like doing.
There really isn’t any stress unless you place unrealistic expectations on yourself. Once your blog gets established you can monetize it by placing ads or recommending products that you believe in.
Think of it as making recommendations to your friends. The difference is that if your friends try out your recommendations….you get paid.
Now in theory this is all well and good but it does take some time to start seeing results. There are no hard and fast timelines to becoming successful with a blog. There are a lot of variable like what your blog is about, how much you work on your blog, how well you grasp SEO etc.
It is very possible to reach any level of success through blogging. There are people making a few hundred dollars per month to well over $100,000 per month. Yup you read that right! That was over $100,000 per month!
If you put in consistent effort you can absolutely make a good stress free living with an affiliate marketing blog. While controlling every aspect of your business.
You can learn how to do this in a very short period of time and earning the stress free level of income that you want to earn is absolutely attainable with persistent consistent effort!
The above link is the site I used and I still use to this day. You can create a free membership no payment method required…yeah! You can check it out free for as long as you want. If you need support there is as much or as little as you need and many methods of learning because not everyone learns in the same manner.
Even if you don’t have a lot of time to devote to trying this. See what can be done in your spare time.
Well there you have it, some suggestions for the best jobs for people who suffer from depression. If you found this helpful feel free to leave a comment and/or share on your favorite form of social media by using the buttons on the page.