It’s Time To Start Taking Mental Health More Seriously
Can you imagine if someone came to you and told you that they had a serious illness, something like cancer, but said that they weren’t going to see a doctor about it, or do anything to try and improve their quality of life? You’d be seriously worried about them, right? Well, why is it then that so many people are willing to do that very thing when it comes to their mental health? People will ignore it, pretend it doesn’t matter, and refuse any treatment whatsoever. This is because there’s a strange level of stigma around mental health that doesn’t seem to apply to physical health. But why should there be? After all, the brain is an organ just like anything else. With that in mind, here are a few things that you should start thinking more seriously about in order to take better care of your mental health.
If there is something in your life that is actively causing it to get worse, then you should be willing to do something about it. If you had chronic stomach pain every day, then you’d obviously want to speak to a doctor about it and try to figure out why it was happening. And yet, people will spend years feeling miserable, or anxious, or disconnected from the world around them and still refuse to speak to a professional. If you feel like there’s something wrong in the way that you’re thinking or you’re worried about your moods, then you should always speak to a doctor. Whether it’s something simple like a persistent low mood or you think that you may have residual schizophrenia or any other serious disorders, the only way to deal with it is by getting a professional diagnosis. Ignoring a problem never did anything but make it worse further down the line.
No one is ever expected to deal with an illness on their own, so why should you be able to just because the illness is one that affects your brain? Don’t shut out the people in your life because you’re ashamed of the state of your mental health. They might not be able to fully understand what’s happening but by communicating with them and letting them know that you need help, you can create a strong support network for yourself which can make even the toughest times a lot easier to deal with. There’s no shame in needing to have people to lean on from time to time.
A lot of people are taught that needing to take time for themselves or put themselves first in any situation is inherently wrong and selfish. It’s incredibly important that you get out of this mindset because self-care is one of the most important parts of retaining control of your mental health. If you need time to yourself, or you need to spend the day under a blanket watching Netflix, that’s okay. Of course, sometimes self-care needs to take the form of being a little productive. Getting up and taking a shower can be an incredibly important step to helping you take better care of yourself when you’re really struggling.
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