It can be all too easy to view health through the singular prism of physical pain and wellbeing. However, as every year rolls by we as a society are starting to recognize the pain and anguish that can be caused by mental health illness. As a result, we are now able to help each other through passing on advice on what might help someone struggling with any number of mental health issues including anxiety and depression. With that in mind, here are some suggestions on how to help yourself or someone you know who is going through a difficult period.
Talking to Someone
Speaking to someone about how you’re feeling can be one of the easiest and yet most daunting ways of dealing with mental health difficulties. You might find that you feel unable to talk to someone for a number of reasons, and some of those might very well be tied up within the issues you are experiencing. However, the value of talking therapies should not be underestimated and if you find that speaking to a family member or friend is not something that comes naturally to you, then seek help and advice from a professional.
There are many types of therapies that can be useful to someone struggling with their mind, one of those if Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). The focus with CBT is to change patterns of thinking or behavior are causing the person in need trouble. There are other options out there so speak to a therapist about what might be most helpful to you.
Another tried and tested method for people struggling with their mental health is exercise. As with most types of treatments, exercise is not as easy as just getting out there and doing it. Understanding that someone who is going through a period of depression will feel lethargic or lacking in motivation is important to helping them or yourself get moving again. Recognize the symptoms of your ailments in order to start overcoming them.
The reasons exercise is said to be helpful for people struggling with mental health troubles is that it releases two chemicals into the body called endorphins and serotonin. Both these chemicals help to reduce pain and regulate mood respectively. So if you do find yourself feeling under the strain of your mind, then get moving from walks up to more rigorous activities.
There are many other routes that someone who is experiencing a difficult period can make the most of to help themselves. Some people consider using cbd oil due to claims that it helps with anxiety to be helpful. You might also want to look into mindfulness as a way of calming yourself and giving yourself an outlet for your tension. As sleep deprivation is often linked to depression, look into sleep therapies to make sure you are getting the recommended number of hours per night to give yourself the best chance of having a clearer head the next day.
It’s important to let them know there is help, support guides, therapy, and resources for them. Sometimes they’re dealing with an illness like Alopecia, that they aren’t even aware of the emotional toll it’s having.
It’s important to talk and have clear communication. We’re all on the same team, and in this together.