Maintaining balance in our current world is fraught with problems, and struggling with mental health problems can bring you to the brink of depression or anxiety. Catching yourself before you fall over the edge is paramount, and bringing good mental health back into your life is key.
Struggling with Mental Health During the Pandemic
Many have struggled with their mental health during the Covid pandemic, and possibly they have experienced mental health issues for the first time. If you are one of them, I hope this article will help you work towards addressing balance in your life.
Struggling with mental health problems is an ongoing battle for me, and I will pass onto you what I have learned over the last twenty odd years. I have bipolar disorder, and it manifests in depression and hypomania. However, the latter is less often than the depression. I also developed anxiety, which was made worse during the lockdowns, so I did not venture out of the house for five months.
I have since overcome the new anxiety through using cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and facing my fears. It was tough, but I managed to do it, and you can read about it in my article on social anxiety.
The pandemic is a catalyst for those struggling with mental health issues; it has brought to the surface an untold wealth of problems for individuals. Ones in which they were unaware of until faced with an uncontrollable problem. A slip in our mental health impacts us on so many levels, and you can also get physical side effects from depression and anxiety that you may believe you are physically unwell when in truth, you have poor mental health.
See Your Doctor
When you are struggling with your mental health, the first thing you need to do is to see your doctor; they will normally give you a sheet to fill out to see if you are on the verge of self-harm or if you have a mild form of depression. All depression will make you feel unwell mentally, but mild doesn’t necessarily need to be treated with medication; your doctor may recommend talking therapy.
[AF] If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, I recommend CBT to help you through it; check out Online Therapy, where you can speak to professionals in CBT from the comfort of your own home and work through your problems. Or, if you feel you need counselling after trauma or the current world situation, speak to the professionals at Calmerry who are trained counsellors.
Admitting you are struggling with mental health issues is the first step in getting better. Your doctor may prescribe you a medication to take, and these can take up to eight weeks to become effective, which is why it is vitally important you seek out therapy beforehand. At the moment, the waiting lists in the UK are very long, and if you can afford to pay for private therapy I would advise going down this route as soon as possible rather than waiting for the tablets to kick in.
You can also use my free CBT resources, they are things I have learned during my occupational therapy sessions, and they may help you.
Mindfulness and Meditation
Alongside therapy, consider using mindfulness techniques; I have several suggestions on the website, from a tea meditation to hairbrush therapy. Alongside my recommendation of the [AF] Kasina technology which will guide you through a meditative and subversive state of being. Taking you away from your mental health struggles.
Meditation has long played a role in improving mental health, and it need not be sitting on a rock going ‘om’ all day long; you can meditate from five minutes a day, and you will see the benefits over several weeks. It is all about addressing balance in our lives, and meditation helps us to do that.
Be Kind and Self Care
Another thing to try is to be kind to yourself; when you are struggling with mental health problems, the last thing most people do is focus on themselves; they tend to focus on their problems and how they feel. Daily affirmations based on truth will help; see my 20 affirmations for mental health.
Self-care is important and making sure you complete a daily to-do list. There might only be several things on there, such as washing, brushing teeth, doing hair, etc. But they are small and easily achievable goals, exactly what is needed when your mental health is poor.
Many charities are available to help support you during your struggles, and I have listed some of the best ones below.
I hope you can see you are not alone when it comes to your mental health and that there are many ways you can readdress your balance. I hope this article points you in the right direction, and you can stop struggling with mental health problems over the coming weeks.
Peace & Blessings