Today is world mental health day, a day set aside to prioritize and protect mental health and well-being for all people.
Throughout the pandemic, while physical health was highlighted, underlying mental health needs continued to climb. An estimated 25% increase in both anxiety and depressive disorders was reported during the first year of the pandemic. Simultaneously, mental health service accessibility decreased and the treatment gap for mental health conditions widened.
We all go through difficult seasons when we don’t feel quite like ourselves. How do you know if it’s time to seek therapy? Take a look at whether your mental and emotional responses to circumstances disrupt your daily life in one or more of the following ways:
- The issue (or your ability to cope with it) has caused your quality of life to decrease
- The issue is effecting you negatively in school, work, or relationships
- The issue is taking up significant amounts of mental energy
- The issue causes embarrassment or makes you want to avoid others
- You’ve tried to cope with the issue but feel stuck
Remember, just like exercise, nourishment and quality sleep help prevent physical illness, you can take proactive steps to strengthen your mental health as well. Consider adding these habits to your daily life:
- Set boundaries with people or settings that drain you emotionally
- Set aside specific time to re-energize with activities that nourish your soul, these the “want-tos” of life.
- Take a moment to evaluate your expectations of both yourself and others. Sometimes, we are hard on others because we haven’t yet learned to be gentle with ourselves.
- Screen for burnout. If you’re finding significant less joy in your work, relationships or parenting, consider taking a break or focusing on different aspects of the role. You may return rejuvenated and find yourself able to take on tasks that formerly felt like drudgery.
If you or someone you know is struggling, take our free online assessment. We offer services for individuals in the state of Georgia and will be happy to help you find your clear path forward.
For more information about mental health topics, specifically the intersection of faith and psychology, check out the Positive Talk Podcast (www.positivetalkpodcast.com).