Everyone experiences some highs and lows at some point in their lives. Things could get stressful, rattle the mind, and alter a person’s physical appearance. That’s why mental health is essential. It is the state of the mental wellbeing of an individual.
Without it, it would be downright hard to have that stability that sustains a person at different stages of life, usually from childhood to adulthood. Again, sticky and unpleasant situations are bound to occur, but it’s the reaction to them, positive or negative, that determines the state of our mental health.
Mental health is just as delicate and important as physical health, especially when you consider the risks that may arise in certain circumstances. That said, there’s always a catch in any condition, and in this case, it’s what to do when faced with a threat to mental health. Below, we share tips to help you maintain a balance when you’re faced with extensive stress, or stand at risk of falling into a depression.
Get A Grasp Of The Situation
Most times, understanding what is going on is half the job done. It helps you get a grip on the problem and deduce ways to go about it. It would help if you also gave more thought to the issues involved. This may take some doing, but is nonetheless important. Also, by iterating, you better organize your thoughts with a clear head and a plan to get out of that situation.
Iterating your thoughts and feelings could be difficult, but you can do the following;
- Take out a set time to go over the problems, while you write them down. Be careful not to overdo it.
- Give grammar, style, or diction, no thought. The important thing here is to pour out everything you feel and think.
Tackle The Problem Head on
There’s no going around a problem when it comes to mental health and dealing with stress. You have to attack the issues head-on with a strategy and determination to reach the other side unscathed. Again, the blame game, as typical as it is, never gets old and you should avoid it. Self-pity is just as harmful; instead, focus on leaving the dark days behind.
The following will help you stay on track:
- Go over every possible solution and write them on a piece of paper.
- Take out the most feasible from your list and work with it.
- Your goals shouldn’t be insurmountable or too difficult. Keep them short, realistic, and achievable.
- Your wellbeing is the focus here and if things don’t work out, revisit your list, and put the second-best solution into play.
Take Out Time To Feel Everything
You’d be making a big mistake when you jump in to deal with your mental wellbeing. You have to give yourself time to know precisely what you feel and how it affects you. Again, extensive stress ushers in so many emotions, thus making it hard to decide what you feel at a particular moment.
You could be sad, in which case crying won’t be a bad idea to ease off, or aloof of your surroundings and people around you. Whatever it is, try to snap out of that state as soon as possible.
Overthinking Won’t Get You Anywhere
Overthinking or dwelling on a problem does more harm to your psyche than you can imagine. It won’t do you any good, neither would it solve any problem. It leaves you on the same spot. All you have to do is think up better ways to get out of the loop, resolve the issues, and avoid them in the future.
You can give the following some thought:
- Keep negative thoughts at bay. It’s never easy, but you have to make a conscious effort to have positive thoughts over negative ones. The positive vibes point you in the right direction.
- Talk to someone. You’re not some metahuman or alien. That’s why you should seek out people you trust and talk to them. They could be of help with their actions or just by listening.
- Do what you love. If you love to sing, do so. If you love to draw, do so. It’s a way to get out of those drab feelings. More so, you can do what you love with friends and family. That way, you’re never alone.
- Stay Above Negative Habits. They could trigger a whole bunch of issues and draw you deeper into a bad mental state. Once you know those habits well enough, please do your best to avoid them.
Have Some ‘Me’ Time
A great way to respond to extensive stress is to have some ‘Me’ time. Forget about work, unhelpful activities and simply get a feel of yourself. It’s more like unwinding or setting yourself free from the toxic nature of things that have put you in that bad situation. Do something you’ve never done before and basically care for yourself.
Your Peace Is Important
Always guard and protect what’s important to you, and that includes your peace. Encourage positivity and the energies that bring it. On the flip side, keep every negative thought, people, and energies at bay. Even if you have to cut ties with people and activities, do so to protect your peace.
In conclusion, admit you have a problem and give genuine thoughts and efforts to scale every obstacle.