The new year is upon us and with the promise of all things new and exciting, we think it’s time to get you to think about your mental healthcare at this time too. Thankfully, long-held negative attitudes towards mental health are starting to change and with this change is a more positive and holistic attitude to managing our mental health.
For those who don’t have any particular issues with mental health, it can be difficult to understand and this is exacerbated when a loved one starts to experience issues with anxiety or depression.
Visibility has also started to change perceptions around mental health, helped by notable public figures coming out and publicly talking about their issues. It is indeed OK to not be OK and in this post, we’re going to look at ways that you can get a handle on your mental healthcare.
The first step to take when considering your mental health is to talk about it. If you notice that you’re having a hard time forming solid thoughts or seeing those thoughts to conclusion, or if you find that you can’t quite grasp your emotions like you used to, are unusually tired, or battling to sleep, then you may well be suffering from depression. Really, our language around these issues needs to change as well.
We should say that we suffer from depression, but rather that we experience it because for most people with depressive disorders it is going to become a lifelong challenge to actively manage it.
But the first step to finding solutions is to talk about what you’re going through and if you notice that a loved one is displaying any of these signs, then you should talk to them about it, and let them know that you’re always there for them.
For people who experience issues with anxiety or depression, daily life can be very difficult to navigate, and finding ways to cope can lead to destructive forms of self-medicating or bigger issues like self-harming and thoughts of suicide.
Yet, there is help to be found and whether you choose to follow a medical program or you want to consider alternatives, you’ll find a treasure trove of resources online.
The most important thing to know is that you’re not alone and finding help is easier than you think. You have to take charge of your situation though because this will not only help you feel more empowered and able, but it will put you front and center in the ongoing management of your mental health.
CBD oils have shown a huge amount of promise in treating many mental healthcare issues, so give this more than a passing thought when considering your holistic mental health care going forward.
At this time of year feelings of loneliness and depression can be increased for those who may live alone, or have experienced grief or trauma, so keep an eye out on those closest to you and remember that patience, understanding, and love are all you need to be an effective aid for someone you love or care for.