Mental health is not easy to manage. Between societal pressures and personal issues, many of us are susceptible to heightened levels of stress, anxiety and depression; according to government research, around 1 in 6 UK adults experience mental illness of some kind each week. Mental health is a delicate thing to unpick; how can you effectively centre it in a difficult time in your life?
Refocus Your Thinking
For many people, poor mental health arises from patterns of negative thinking. These can be near-impossible to turn around alone – more on which later – but there are some simple ways you can attempt to reverse harmful and negative thought processes.
Mindfulness has become a popular mental health strategy for good reason. It allows you to refocus your thinking, by pulling you away from patterns of thought and towards the present moment. Mindfulness can be indulged by simply taking a walk outside, but can also be introduced with exercises and routine.
Approach Experts for Help
Oftentimes, poor mental health is the direct result of a stressful or traumatic situation or moment. You might be having a particularly tough time at work, or you might have suffered a painful accident in public. Whatever the challenge facing you at this moment in time, you should not be attempting to weather it alone.
In many cases, finding the right expert to coach you through your moment can help remove stress from it, and allow you to more organically recover in a mental sense. If you were in an accident that wasn’t your fault, a no win no fee solicitor would be best poised to talk you through options for litigation and potential compensation. At work, you might have a line manager you can trust, who you can talk to off the record about your workload and stress levels. Even just a short conversation can help allay many fears, and give you room to breathe.
Don’t Go It Alone
This is to say nothing of reaching out on a social or personal level. Many of us make the mistake of attempting to manage our own mental health quietly and in isolation. In many cases, this can serve to worsen our mental state, especially if we don’t have the right mindset to reverse negative thinking.
By letting a trusted friend in, you can speak more candidly about the struggles you are facing. Sharing your issues is half the battle, and your friend can help you with the other half: strategising your route back.
Take Time for Yourself
Between the rigours of work and the responsibilities of home life, it can be difficult to find time to properly reckon with the state of your mind. Though the conversation around mental health has improved significantly in recent years, it is still somewhat stigmatised – with many under the impression that mental health is not akin to physical illness with regard to work.
However, allowing yourself to take a sick day for mental health can be crucial to redressing the balance in your brain. Not only can you legitimise the feelings you are feeling, but you can also devote some real time to taking care of yourself – whether running a luxurious bath or taking time to see a mental health professional.