Taking care of your mental health can be difficult, as sometimes you don’t even know you are struggling until you are in the thick of it. Even though we all respond to mental health differently, there are some common signs to look out for. There are also some recommended things we can do to improve or manage our mental health.
Here are some common signs that you may be struggling with your mental health:
- Difficulty sleeping, or sleeping too much
- Feeling sad or down.
- Not enjoying things you usually would
- Changes in eating habits
- Feeling anxious or worried constantly
- Mood swings
- Excessive drinking, taking drugs, or violence
These feelings and behaviours can be onset by a variety of life events or stressors such as; work-related stress, dealing with Covid-19 restrictions, financial concerns, relationship troubles, and many more. If we have been through a tough time or are aware that we aren’t feeling quite right there are some tools we can use that can improve our mental health. Using these tools to proactively manage our mental health is a great idea but it is also useful if you are currently struggling with your mental health.
Here are some common things people do to manage their mental health:
- Connect with people – Family, Friends, Workmates, Team Mates
- Be Active – Go for a walk or to the gym. Get out in nature
- Prioritise Sleep – Sleep has a big impact on mental health
- Talk to people you trust – Sharing the good and bad in life helps build a trusted community and support group around you.
- Take a break – Schedule in time to rest, recover or energise yourself. Find what helps make you feel like yourself.
- Eat well – A healthy diet and staying hydrated can help mental wellbeing
These tools and many more can all help you take care of your mental health. If you notice a colleague or friend is struggling or going through some tough life events, reach out to them and see how they are going. They could benefit from some of these tools or at very least a friend. Remember that taking care of yourself mentally is hard and you don’t need to do it on your own. Reach out to your family and friends or a doctor to talk about your mental health. If you are struggling there is help out there, below is a list of some places you can call if you need support.
- Lifeline – 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue – 1300 22 4636
- Suicide Call Back Service – 1300 659 467