There are times in all of our lives when everything feels as though it is on top of us and we can’t seem to cope with stress and anxiety. One in four people will suffer from mental health problems in their lives. From stress, depression, and anxiety through to conditions such as bipolar disorder or borderline personality disorder. It is important whether you are just going through a bad patch with your mental health, or whether you have an ongoing issue, that you get the help that you need to take care of yourself.
Here in this blog post, we’ll talk you through some practical tips for taking care of your mental health and how to cope with stress and anxiety.
Disclosure: This is a partnered post
Talk About It
One of the most important things that you can do when you are experiencing stress, anxiety, or depression in your life is to talk about it. If you have a friend or a family member that you can talk to, make them your first port of call. Often, having someone listen to us unloading our burdens can help dramatically. If you are facing problems that you can’t see a way out of, a fresh perspective may be what is needed and a friend or family member may be able to offer new solutions that you were not able to see previously.
If you haven’t got anyone that you are close to that you can speak to, consider speaking with a professional. You could reach out to a counselor or a therapist, or if you really don’t know where else to turn and you are feeling desperate, contact the samaritans.
Speak To Your Doctor
If you are having ongoing issues with your mental health and it is affecting your day-to-day life, then you should speak with your doctor. Your doctor will ask you a series of questions about how your mental health is affecting you. Be honest. There is nothing to be ashamed of and you will be able to get the right help. Your doctor may prescribe you medication which might help or recommend talking therapies such as cognitive behaviour therapy.
Practice Self Care
There is a lot that you can do to manage your mental health problems yourself. From simple breathing exercises for stress and anxiety through to yoga and other forms of exercise. Or you could even try a spa day at home.
It is important to understand that you are in control and you can make changes that will improve your overall mental health.
Get Plenty Of Sleep
Make sure that you are getting enough sleep each night. For the average adult, you should aim to get eight hours of sleep. If you are not doing this, work on changing your sleeping habits.
Start off by going to bed at the same time every night. This will help with your body clock. If you have trouble sleeping on a night, avoid using your smartphone or tablet for the hour before you go to bed. Perhaps you could read a good book to help you unwind and relax. Finally, apply some pillow spray on your pillow before you go to bed at night and this will help you to drift off to sleep.
We hope these few simple tips have helped you to better understand how to cope with stress and anxiety. There is no denying that this year has been incredibly testing for almost everyone and for so many different reasons. But just remember to take time out to practice a little self care and speak to someone if you need a bit more help. Take care.
this is a contributed article