There’s a lot of articles and information available online in regards to mental health.
Although we may consume this information on a daily basis, some of us might struggle to realise that our mental health is declining.
It is common for people who are suffering with mental health issues to not have the awareness that they are not “feeling okay” and need to seek for help.
Here are some common signs:
Disclaimer: I am not a mental health professional, do consult a mental health professional if you feel like you need some help.
You Neglect Your Hygiene
A very obvious sign is that you don’t have the strength to do basic tasks related to hygiene and cleanliness.
Brushing your teeth and bathing might start to feel like a chore.
You might not even be able to clean your room or throw the trash out.
You Can’t Seem To Get Things Done
You might find it difficult to do anything. For example, you might find yourself struggling to complete tasks on your to-do lists or carry on with your 9-5 job.
As a student, you might feel like studying and doing assignments have become harder than usual.
Some people might struggle with focusing and will notice that their attention span has significantly reduced.
You Indulge In To Feel Better
Are you binge-watching shows on Netflix? Do you find yourself indulging in sweet treats or food that brings you comfort?
When things get hard, we try to find comfort and security in something else – it becomes a coping mechanism.
We might indulge in things such as watching movies, eating, reading, shopping, and anything that brings us joy because we struggle with finding joy in our day-to-day routine.
You Lose Interest In Things You Previously Enjoyed
This is quite a common sign that your mental health is declining.
If you don’t have the energy or motivation to do something you have always loved doing, you should reflect on this matter and speak to someone about it.
For example, if you love reading but can’t seem to even read a couple of chapters every time to reach for a good, question yourself why do you feel this way.
You Aren’t Living In The Moment
Try to monitor your thoughts. Are you frequently thinking about the past, future, or present?
Those who frequently think about the past with regret can have depressive symptoms while those who are worrying about the future might be anxious.
This is probably why so many mental health professionals recommend meditation and mindfulness activities because it helps you live in the moment to avoid thinking about the past or future.
You Feel Hopeless
If you have thoughts like:
- I’m not good enough, what’s the point of trying?
- There’s no solution for this problem.
- No matter what I do, things will go wrong
You might be feeling hopeless and when you start to feel hopeless, you don’t look forward to anything in life and it becomes harder to get through everyday. Thoughts like these are destructive and are a clear sign you should speak to a mental health professional.
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