When you are struggling with your mental health, it can feel like your whole world is caving in around you. It can also be incredibly challenging to seek help because of the confusion, and even embarrassment that you feel because of the difficulties you are facing. Unfortunately, not dealing with your mental health can keep the problem going! That is why you need to take action. A topic you can read more about below.
Talk about it.
One of the most useful things that you can do when struggling with your mental health is to talk to someone about it. That person may be a trusted friend or family member or a medical professional. In fact, discussing how you are feeling can have a wealth of benefits, the first of which is that it can help you to clarify precisely what you are going through. Additionally, the validation and support that you get from the other person can help lift the burden and make it seem as if you are not so alone.
Finally, letting someone else know that not everything is OK with you means they can check back in with you to see how you are doing later on. Something that can help if your condition does worsen and you are in a situation where you cannot actively seek treatment of your own accord.
Of course, where possible, actively seeking treatment for your mental health issue is the crucial thing to do. For most people, the first stop on this journey will be to speak to their doctor and ask for a mental health assessment. Something that can screen for particular problems and issues and so help to establish what mental health problem(s) are at work.
Then once your medical team know what is going on, they can offer you a range of treatments designed to help you manage and improve your mental health. Something that may include medication, counseling, and even regular exercise.
Change your habits.
Talking of exercise, this is just one of the habits in your life that can help you to better cope with your mental health. In fact, the things that we do regularly have a significant effect on how we feel, including how much we move our bodies, how we think, and what we consume.
Of course, sometimes we get into bad habits because we are struggling with poor mental health. Addiction being a clear example of this. The good news is that even if you do find yourself dependent on something to cope, these addictions can be broken. In fact, there are even intensive outpatient rehab programs now. Something that means you can get the help you need in changing these bad habits, with the minimum disruption to your normal, everyday life.
Find others that have been through a similar situation.
Finally, it can make a massive difference to your mental health to get involved in a community of people that have been through a similar situation. Happily, there are both online and IRL support groups that you can use to gain support and understanding from others that have been through the same thing before. Something that can really help you a great deal when you are struggling with your mental health.
Do you have any tried and true coping mechanism that you’d like to share? If it helps just one person, it’s worth it! Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!