Depression is something almost all of us deal with, and it absolutely sucks.
Some of us have it worse than others, but I’m sure we can all share a common ground when it comes to dealing with it.
We don’t feel like doing anything, and we most likely don’t know how to deal with it.
Being an Army veteran, I have gone through the ups and downs of moving all over the place, combat, and most especially life.
With such adventure comes many emotions but most especially the experience.
I know how complicated dealing with depression can be and although I am no doctor, I think I understand you a lot more than any “trained professional”.
I’m sure you can relate as well.
Now, this post is not to talk about how we can overcome depression but about the different jobs suitable for people like you and me.
Hey, it’s not the best thing to talk about but I’ve learned to embrace and work on things rather than push them to the side causing more unwanted stress and even more depression.
Not to say that I’m a Debbie downer or even depressed all the time, but I do know how it is to work around people when I’m “not in the mood.”
There is a good thing about life though and that is the fact that we have options.
We get to choose who we hang around with, and we definitely get to choose where we want to work.
And just to help you find that next job, here is a list of what I know will be the best for any of you who tend to get depressed or anxious.
Blogging has MANY benefits that I can do an entire post on it alone.
And that’s just on the financial aspect alone.
Most people think blogging is just some website that you will use to talk about your life and the sushi you ate but that’s not entirely true.
Not to say that you can’t use it for such a thing but that’s what Instagram and Facebook is for.
These days, blogging is used to bring in full-time incomes and a lot more if you really wanted to.
The concept is fairly simple as you need interest or passion along with the right training on affiliate marketing.
With that alone, you can create a real deal online business just from blogging.
I’ve been doing it for the last 5+ years and it works great for someone like me that can’t seem to get along with actual co-workers (lol).
I do miss the lunch breaks and co-workers that come with a 9-5 but I think my family would rather have me home whenever they want.
Blogging is a great gig that I recommend to those of you who are just like me.
Check out this post to see how you can start your very own blog.
There is no better way to deal with depression than to get involved with nature.
It has immediate and long-term effects on mental health and for good reason at that.
Back before we moved into this condo we are in now; I absolutely loved working on our yard.
From cutting the grass to blowing all the way to just sitting there and admiring the beauty that God has created, I love everything about it.
You did some really good exercise, and your mind is at ease.
Now, what if you could make money doing exactly that?
Well, we all know it is possible and that is something you could and should do.
I personally recommend you run a small business as I’m sure you can appreciate making all the money compared to working for some company that will pay you hourly.
If owning your own business isn’t on the agenda, then you can always work for someone else just to get that satisfaction of being with nature.
3. Pet Sitting
People love their pets and they will spend lots of money to care for them.
Food alone is beyond expensive but finding a nice pet sitter is even crazier.
But guess what?
They will pay the premium price to know that Bingo is taken care of.
And guess what else?
Bingo will keep you occupied and probably even give you the satisfaction of being around animals.
I personally love them and they always help me cope with those gloomier days.
Now here is the best part about something like pet sitting.
The animals will not talk back!
You can tell them about the ten million problems you have and they will not judge.
That is why this is one of the best jobs for depressed people.
This of course goes hand in hand with blogging but this is more of an actual job.
Within the online space, there are many types of jobs that you can do as a writer.
Freelance writing is a great place to start as you can do work for many clients.
People are willing to spend good money just to have others write for them.
Just like I do, there are many people that will hire you to write simple articles for their websites.
I have paid anywhere from $10 – $100 per article, so I know there is a lot of money to be made.
You can also try services like Contena that will teach you how to master the art of freelance writing.
Then you can always write for newspapers, magazines, or whatever traditional method of spreading the word is out there.
5. Hardware Store
Depending on the type of person you are, I personally think this is a great place to start when it comes to employment.
Dealing with household stuff and people will help with your depression and I’m sure time will fly.
The best part about this job is that you don’t need to have any experience.
You don’t need to know about the Yamaha 5000 lawnmower that can climb trees and you don’t need to know how to calculate crazy math problems.
This kind of job will teach you as you go and within a few months you will know more than the average Joe when it comes to all the household products.
Once you get the hang of things, you will be “that guy” people will want to look for because I’m sure you will know where everything is.
You help them, it satisfies your want/need to help others, and everyone is happy.
Oh and you might just get a nice little employee’s discount as well.
6. Veterinarian’s Assistant
Animals are a great way to relieve stress and take your mind off of the real world.
As someone with depression, dealing with these animals will help with that stress and anxiety that comes with the territory.
With this job you get to interact with all kinds of pets but most especially these pet owners.
You can learn a lot about different animals and the reasons they are at the vet but you can also be the one to provide this info.
I know when I took out dog to the vet that the assistant was extremely helpful.
Not only was he helpful but I trusted everything he said.
I’m sure he felt that and I’m sure it made his day.
This is not a stressful job and it also keeps you busy.
7. Car Salesman
This might sound weird to some of you but I think this is actually a great job for people with depression.
People NEED cars and that’s a fact.
If you think that becoming a sleazy salesman is what you will be doing then you are wrong.
Every sales rep I have dealt with has helped me more than I needed.
Instead of trying to sell me something I couldn’t afford, they helped me get what was best for me and my family.
So one, you are helping people get what they want in the first place.
And two, you can make some good money doing it.
You get to interact with people, help them find what they need, and give yourself the satisfaction of not twiddling your thumbs at home.
This is actually one of the more common jobs for people that end up getting out of the military.
I personally think this is a great job simply because it gets you out of the office.
You get to drive around, enjoy nature, and I have yet to see an angry delivery person.
Do keep in mind that there are many delivery type jobs that are hiring, so think outside the USPS box.
Fedex and even Amazon are hiring people all the time, just to deliver packages for them.
However, I do recommend USPS as they do pay really well and they also provide some really good benefits.
9. Uber Driver
This is one of the few jobs that allows you to be your own boss.
The downside to this specific job is that you will need to use your own vehicle.
At the bare minimum, you need to have a great driving record, you need to have car insurance, and you need a vehicle with four doors.
There are many other requirements but you can check that out in your own time if you are serious about becoming an Uber driver.
Besides all that, you will pick up passengers and drop them to wherever it is that they are going.
Uber takes their cut and you take the rest.
You don’t need any long term commitments and you work whenever you please.
You will meet new people on a daily basis but you won’t have to see the same person twice.
That is really the main reason I think this is a great job for people with depression.
10. Real Estate Agents
I have never done this but I do know a lot of people who are doing it.
Once you get your license to become a real estate agent, you can either supplement your income or use it to start an awesome career.
This job is typically commission based but it does have its other benefits.
I like the idea of being a realtor for several reasons.
For one, everyone needs a place to stay.
Finding a great place is no easy task and that is when the real estate agent comes in.
This leads into my next reason, which is the fact that you are helping others.
You help them, they help you.
I have dealt with many realtors in my life and I have always thought about becoming one.
If I wasn’t doing affiliate marketing, I might just be doing it.
But that’s not the case.
Lastly, realtors make some really good money.
Hunting for houses is something I find a lot of enjoyment in and you don’t even have to do it full-time to make money.
One of the better jobs for depressed folks and one that can pay well.
You can try to take the practice test to see if you can handle something like the real estate market.
There is no better job in the world than being your own boss and being an entrepreneur is probably the only way to do it.
You answer to no one and you work whenever you want.
Not to say that it is an easy job but it does come with those options.
As an entrepreneur though, you get to make money with your passion, you can and most likely will be busy all the time, and you can literally dictate how much money you want to make.
I’m personally an online entrepreneur and I do all kinds of things to make money online.
Of course I have this blog but I also like to do some web design type stuff along with other things.
Becoming an entrepreneur is for special people and it is definitely up there on my jobs for depressed people list.
This is probably the hardest of jobs on this list but also the most rewarding.
Dealing With Depression
Depression absolutely sucks and sometimes we feel there is not much we can do about it.
Just like anxiety though, there are several ways you can go about dealing with it.
The main thing you need to understand is that you are not alone.
Me and many others deal with this kind of crap.
What sucks for people like me that has a family is the fact that they have to deal with it.
Do take things slowly and work at undoing a lot of the things that make you feel down.
Understand it happens and channel it into something more positive.
I am no doctor and I can’t even say that any of them have helped me.
The only way I was able to deal with such a problem is to accept that I have it.
From that point on I was able to catch myself when I started to feel depressed.
I then did other things that kept me busy.
My kids are the best medication for me and I always turn to them when I feel some kind of depression coming on.
Years have passed and I can’t say that I am completely healed but I can admit that I am not as bad as before.
Working With Depression
Anxiety, stress, and depression usually like to play on the same playground.
This then gets carried onto the workplace and it usually does no good for anyone.
I’ve had my battles at my old job and I know how hard it is to deal with others all while having to battle things like depression.
I started as fun and outgoing to getting overwhelmed to eventually blowing up like a bomb.
Working with others is not the best idea when it comes to dealing with a stressful environment and I still can’t find the solution for that.
Besides getting a position that isn’t stressful or flat out quitting.
I personally did the latter but not before finding a job that suits me best.
This is also the same reason why I can create a list of the best jobs for depressed people.
So you’re welcome.
Conclusion – Work At and With Depression Slowly
Depression is never a good thing but it doesn’t have to be dealt with accordingly.
I don’t recommend you keep yourself away from the world as it really is an amazing place.
Do surround yourself with the right people and don’t ever feel that you need to stay away from anyone.
Do some exercise, keep yourself busy, and create a sleep pattern that will fit best for you.
I know getting a good night’s rest can be a problem but try to avoid naps in the day and messing up your sleep pattern.
Draining myself in the day kind of helps me sleep better at night but of course it’s never permanent.
There are little tips and tricks that I do but I will be creating an entire post on that later.
Until then, I hope these jobs for depressed people has given you some ideas for your next J-O-B.
If you know of any other jobs (because there are many), feel free to share them in the comments section below.
Depression sucks but what is really the best job for someone looking for work?
thank you so much. it is very useful.
You’re welcome Liana!