Dealing With Mental Health When It Gets The Better Of You

Mental health is one of the worst illnesses that someone can experience because it’s not something that other people can see, and until more recently many people didn’t understand what mental health felt like. Sadly, due to the many celebrity deaths recently that were caused by mental health, the world has realised that it’s a much bigger issue that we originally thought.

If you’re experiencing the effects that mental health can bring, then this article is just for you. There are going to be ways in which you can tackle your mental health so that you can come out the other end feeling like a new person.

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Eating habits

Believe it or not, your eating habits dramatically affect the way you feel in your head. This is because man made substances that are put into our food (normally junk food) released chemicals into our brains that cause us to feel the way we do. Take a look at your eating habits and see if you can improve it to promote a healthy mind.

Whenever possible, try to eat organically as you can be sure that the food you’re eating hasn’t been contaminated with anything that could contribute towards your mental health. Not only that, it won’t have been sprayed with pesticides and will be better for your general health.

You may find when you’re eating healthier that you will begin to lose weight and feel physically stronger, which may also help your mental health because it will bring up your self esteem and make you feel better about yourself. Looking after yourself physically will have a huge impact on the way you feel, so be sure to cut back on junk food, snacks, fizzy drinks and other calorific foods. Try to eat from a smaller plate and also eat slower so that your stomach has time to tell your brain that you’re full. Also, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to flush out any toxins that get into your body.

Take time off work

Sometimes, the way you feel can become too much and you may feel like you can’t face being at work. This is totally normal and shouldn’t be ignored in any sense of the meaning. Go to your GP and speak about the way you’re feeling so that you can get a diagnosis and then proceed with whichever treatment you choose. They will then offer to sign you off work if they feel like it would benefit your mental health.

If you are signed off work, you will also need to speak to your employer to check your sick pay entitlement as some employers pay above the minimum rate that the law states. It’s also a good idea to discuss your feelings with your employer so that they can gain some understanding of how you’re feeling; therefore won’t feel bitter about you having time off. Remember that if you wish not to, you don’t have to go into any detail with them.

Talk

One thing that many people fail to do when they are suffering with their mental health is to talk about it. In this day and age, people are becoming much more aware of what it is and that just because it’s not an illness that you can see, it doesn’t mean it’s not real. Also, many other people are in the same boat as you so will be able to empathise and give you some personal advice on how to deal with it.

If at all possible, it’s a good idea to have a trusted loved one that you can speak to whenever you’re feeling at your worst so that they can help you through this difficult time. Also, sometimes simply speaking to someone can distract you from what is happening in your mind and make you feel better. Be totally honest with that person so that they can try and gain an understanding of how you’re feeling and also give you the best advice that they can.

Exercise

Exercise is a fantastic way of combatting the demons of mental health. Firstly, this is because when you exercise your body releases endorphins which the brain recognises as a good chemical. In turn, this makes you feel happier in general.

Another reason is that much like your eating habits, becoming fitter and stronger physically will bring your self esteem back to where it should be and make you feel happier.

Try exercising a few times a week, just enough to get your heartbeat up (or more if you choose to) so that you’re giving your body the exposure to the endorphins that it needs. Also, there’s nothing wrong with making yourself fitter, especially if it’s for the benefit of your mental health!

Other factors

There are other factors that can contribute to your mood and how you’re feeling mentally, and here’s a list of them so that you can change or avoid things as necessary:

  • Smoking – we all know that smoking is bad for our health anyway, and it can also be bad for your mental health too. It mimics the feeling of anxiety for many sufferers causing them to have a panic attack. Quit smoking for your mental and physical health.
  • Alcohol – while alcohol is fine to consume in moderation, many of us take it a little too far because at the time it feels great. Did you know that alcohol is actually a depressant? While you’re fighting your mental health try and avoid alcohol to give you the best chance of recovery.
  • Stress – everyone goes through stress at some points in their lives, and we all deal with it differently. However, it affects some people more than others when it comes to their mental health. Whenever possible, try and avoid stressful situations.

Try these different ways of helping your mental health today! Remember, if you’re struggling to always speak to your GP for the best help possible. Don’t suffer alone!

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