Whilst it’s true that in the course of our lifetime, not everyone will experience or struggle with a mental illness, but everyone will struggle or have challenges with their mental wellbeing (mental health) in the same way we may have challenges from time to time, with our physical wellbeing.
The sad reality is we don’t stop to consciously question our thinking. Instead we subconsciously accept our experiences, and those become the catalyst for our mental health issues. This is the reason why we struggle with mental health.
If you can identify with anything from the list below, perhaps its time to consciously think about your feelings and why you feel what you feel.
Mental health issues can manifest themselves in the following symptoms:
- Feeling low or down;
- Withdrawal from friends and activities;
- An inability to cope with every day stress and or problems;
- Extreme mood changes;
- Trouble in understanding or relating to people and situations;
- Major changes in eating habits and or routine;
- Detachment from realities;
- Problems sleeping, low energy and significant tiredness;
- Excessive fears of guilt worries and fears;
- Using anger, hostility or violence as a means of communication;
- Suicidal thinking;
- Problems with alcohol and drug abuse.
A mental health disorder may appear as something physical such as stomach ache, a headache, back pain or other unexplained aches and pains. There are different degrees of health but our health will always come and go depending on our issues.
We may start with good health, then deal with average to poor health, moving on to illness and then back to health again, but it is up to each of us to take control of our health.
It is important we become proactive in our life and not wait for something to happen before we do something about it, because by then we may not have time.
*Always ask for help if you’re struggling with mental health issues.*