Even in today’s culture of creating awareness around mental health struggles, there is still a huge stigma when it comes to dealing with mental health struggles. Mental health issues can come out of nowhere and before you know it, you can be in a spiral of struggle that you didn’t see coming. Which is why it is important to understand what the signs are and how you can keep on top of your mental health.
Whether it is anxiety, depression or just feeling overwhelmed by life, but there are ways that you can look after yourself and manage your mental health. By recognising some of the signs;
- Feeling tired, run down or even sick
- Unenthusiastic about activities that normally excite you
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Increased reliance on substances and or alcohol consumption
- or just feeling overwhelmed
- Negative thoughts about yourself
You can make sure you are taking steps to take care of yourself. Whether it is just stepping back and having a day to yourself, going to the gym, spending time with friends or just having a good cry; if you have a healthy way that you cope with your mental health struggles, then take that time to partake in it.
Seeing a counsellor or therapist regularly is a great way to keep on top of your mental health; it gives you a safe space to explore or offload any thoughts and feelings that may be overwhelming you. You may not even realise that you are carrying the heaviness of these thoughts and feelings, but by keeping regular appointments in your schedule can give you that space and time to address these feelings; even if you do not feel like you need them, sometimes you can surprise yourself.
So, if you are feeling out of balance, and would like to get your life back on track, you can benefit from seeing a professional. No different to seeing a doctor or dentist to take care of your physical health.