Mental Health Monday: Self-Help Check-Up
Around the world, more than 264-million people of all ages suffer from depression and 284-million suffer from anxiety. Most of them may not even know it. Experts say we should be checking up on our minds the same way we do our bodies, even if we feel okay. In this Healthy Living, Whitney Amann has the details on what you should do to perform your own self-mental health check-up.
You can start by asking yourself ‘big picture’ questions like “Why am I having anxiety?” or “Why am I having depression?”. Experts suggest taking a moment alone to reflect, and ask yourself:
- Am I still enjoying my hobbies and interests?
- Am I avoiding the people I love?
- Am I getting annoyed very easily?
- How have I been adapting?
Mental health experts also advise paying attention to ways your body may be telling you something is wrong. Signs like:
- Trouble Sleeping
- Loss of Appetite
- Grinding or Clinching Teeth
- Holding Tension in Shoulders
- Becoming Less Active
Don’t wait until things get bad. Protect yourself now to avoid burnout or crisis later. Experts also say to consider the length and duration of your symptoms. Everyone has bad days, but if you’re feeling down for more than two at a time, it may be time to seek professional help.
For those who are in need of help, contact the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, or click here for more information.