It’s perfectly normal to have days that don’t go as planned or mornings when you wake up lacking energy, motivation, and enthusiasm. Nobody can be blissfully happy and full of beans every single day. The worry is that sometimes, bad days become more commonplace than good days, and often, we don’t realize or want to realize, that this is a problem. It can be easier to try and bury our heads and hope that things will get better. If you are feeling down, there are self-help therapies and treatments you can try.
Learning how to detect mental health conditions
It’s common to have days when you feel low. What’s not so normal is to have to endure weeks or even months of feeling down or experiencing prolonged periods of despair or sadness. It’s not normal to be anxious when faced with scenarios that would usually be completely harmless or to find it virtually impossible to predict or control your moods. If you have symptoms that last a long time or severe symptoms, it’s wise to seek advice. If you sprained your ankle or hit your head, you’d probably visit a doctor and get it checked out. Unfortunately, we don’t seem to have the same reaction when it comes to mental health.
If you’re struggling to get up in the mornings, you can’t sleep, your moods are changing all the time, or you’ve become isolated or withdrawn, reach out for help. You may feel alone, but there are people out there willing to help. If you can’t get to a clinic or you’re worried about seeing a doctor face to face, services like Babylon Health offer assistance over the phone. You can video chat or live message to get more information about your symptoms, and hopefully, find some effective solutions.
Self-help methods to lift your mood
Whether you have a mental illness or you’re just having one of those days, it’s good to have some self-help techniques in the locker. Everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another, but it’s worth trying some methods and seeing how you get on. Exercise is a proven stress-buster, and it can also trigger the release of serotonin and endorphins, which boost your mood. It’s also a great way to distract your mind and give you a different focus. Some people also find meditation very helpful, and creative activities can also enable you to process and express your feelings and emotions. Spending time with friends or even giving your cat or dog a cuddle can also make you feel better.
If you have a mental health condition, you may be prescribed medication or advised to have counseling or therapy. These self-help methods can work effectively alongside medical treatments.
When you’re feeling down, you need something to pick you up. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of smiling or laughing or taking some time to clear your mind or relax on a hectic or stressful day. In other cases, there’s an underlying cause, and you may need long-term or intensive treatment. If you are worried about your mental health, don’t be afraid to seek advice, just as you would for a physical illness. There are treatments out there that you can try, and lots of things you can do at home to try and lift you up and help you cope from day to day.
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