Top 15 jobs for those who live with depression

John Riley &

Living with depression I can speak from first hand knowledge that working in public environments can be very tough to function in and there are great jobs that we excel in. We want to support those with depression and aid them in finding good employment that works best for them. I have go through many different resources that claim that they know the best jobs and using my knowledge of the topic and experience having a job that fits and should be on this list I have compiled the top 15 jobs for those with depression. Let’s talk about employment and how those with depression deal with.

Work can be stressful at the best of times, but when you’re dealing with mental health issues or difficult life circumstances, work can feel almost impossible. Sending emails, meeting deadlines, and politicking around the office can feel awful and leave you feeling like there is no end in sight. Dealing with depression and other mental health issues can feel like a job in and of itself. But even when you’re struggling, there are jobs that are compatible, and that can even be good for your mental health!

Here are keys to narrowing down a great job, they are more like specification that you can follow to find the right one.

  • Ability to work from home
  • Flexible schedule
  • Not being required to interact with large groups
  • Tasks that allow you to be active

It’s important to have an employer that understands your interest, skills, preferences and goals that see value in the ‘real’ you, and not base your application or interview on a perception of you.

Our Top 15 jobs

1. Gardening

Horticulture offers a wide range of careers in garden centers, greenhouses, professional landscaping firms and botanical gardens. If you love spending time outdoors, gardening may be perfect for you. You’ll enjoy a low-stress job, and plants are good for you, both physically and mentally. Did you know that some doctors prescribe plants as therapy for depression and anxiety?

2. Dog-Walking

Depending on the company, dog walkers can often set their own schedules and spend the majority of their days out and about with dogs. Walking dogs doesn’t require too much interaction with other people, and gets you a healthy dose of vitamin D as well as plenty of exercise, both of which have been shown to help with symptoms of depression. Dog walkers should be responsible, punctual, and comfortable around animals.

2. Food Delivery

When you’re feeling down, helping others feel happy can lighten your mood. And who doesn’t feel joyful when their favorite meal arrives on the doorstep? Some food delivery jobs involve taking meals to home-bound people, who are always thrilled to see a friendly face. Other positions, like delivering for a company like Uber Eats, will have you exploring your community and getting out and about. 

4. Freelancing

If you’ve struggled with typical 9 to 5 work schedules in the past, freelancing could be an excellent solution. It’s not for everyone, and it can be stressful. But many freelancers develop a lifestyle for themselves that caters to their individual needs and talents. Most people start freelancing by setting up a side business. You can transition from your day job in the future, but don’t do that until you can guarantee a steady income through your freelancing.

5. Park Ranger

Park rangers get to learn about the natural world, plants and animals, survival skills, camping and more. And it’s a perfect job for people who love getting outside and helping others get the most out of their surroundings. Another benefit is that this job offers a good balance of alone time and time spent with coworkers. Most park ranger positions don’t require formal qualifications, and you may be able to receive valuable training on the job.

6. Web Designer

Web Designers can work from home, as the job only requires a computer and web design software. Projects may include meeting with clients and collaborating with web developers. Many Designers do work from home, establishing their own schedules, and setting up their work environment in a way that makes sense for them.

7. Computer Programming

Do you have a technical mind? Do you love computers? Today’s computer programmers often learn to code online without having to pay for an expensive education. If you don’t yet have any job experience in the area, you might consider volunteering your services for a local business or creating a simple app or game to showcase your skills. Computer programmers are consistently in high demand and make high wages.

8. Painter

If social interaction gives you the jitters, working as a painting contractor can get you out and about, earning money while you stay fit and active. After an apprenticeship, you can often work solo as a painter. And with the completion of each job, you’ve made your community a little cleaner, sharper and good-looking. It’s satisfying to see a perfectly painted wall or house and know that you made it that way!

9. Tutoring

For those who excel at academics and enjoy helping others understand complex concepts and perform better in school, tutoring can be a great career option. Tutoring often pays well, and usually offers flexible hours in the afternoon, evenings, and weekends. If you have a particular academic specialty, you can often charge higher rates. School programs and tutoring agencies are often a great job opportunity for those who want a steady stream of vetted clients and hassle-free payment.

10. Truck Driving

If the open road is calling your name, truck driving might be an excellent career for you. Consistently in high demand, professional truck drivers work in a variety of industries. You get to explore new places, work mainly by yourself and listen to your favorite tunes or audiobooks while driving. From forklift operating to road train driving, there’s quite an assortment of positions available.

11. Security

Security guards work in various venues, from concert halls and museums to construction sites and office buildings. If you’re a natural night owl or you appreciate having lots of downtime to read or listen to music, working in security might be perfect for you. 

12. Postal Service

Here’s another job that keeps you active and engaged. Postal workers get to spend a lot of time outside, and the benefits are typically excellent. A postal job offers plenty of variety. Sometimes you’ll be alone; other times, you’ll interact with people. You’ll also get to develop friendships with the people you’ll deliver. If this kind of mix helps your mental health, you should look into working in the postal service.

13. Merchandising

Merchandising is an active job that leaves your mind free to wander. Big stores need merchandisers to unload trucks and stock items in the store. Keep in mind that these jobs typically require you to work early in the morning or late at night. If you’re a night owl or an early bird, it could be perfect for you. And you’ll never get stuck sitting behind a computer screen.

14. Start Your Own Business

Want to be your own boss? Consider becoming an entrepreneur and starting your own business. While there might be stressful aspects to embarking on a new adventure like this, it can often be the perfect antidote to frustration with the corporate world. When struggling with mental health, working for yourself doing something you’re passionate about can also give you the inspiration you need to do meaningful work. Starting your own business can also give you the freedom you need to work when you’re able to and to take time off when you need it.

15. Florist

 Japanese scientists found that inhaling certain fragrances (like lavender and lemon) alters gene activity and blood chemistry to reduce stress levels. What if you could inhale gorgeous floral scents at work all day?

I hope you found this help and a good read, I look forward to sharing more information for your in this new month of September.

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