Dealing with a mental health issue is already difficult enough, and so when other stressors affect our daily lives they can really become quite unmanageable. While we don’t live in a perfect world (and some form of stress is probably always going to be present), there are things we can do to give ourselves the best chance of getting well, and avoid spiralling even deeper. Here are just some of the problems that can make dealing with a mental health problem even worse, and what you can do to try and resolve them.
Toxic relationships can impact massively on a person’s mental health. Sadly, it can be the people we love most in the world who are the ones that are toxic to us. Friends we’ve known all of our lives, our partner, even our own family. If someone in your life is using you, putting you down, being violent or emotionally abusive towards you then you absolutely need to walk away for your own peace of mind. There are lots of great counselling and therapy groups out there that can support you if you need it.
Most of us live life on a budget, and unless you’re super rich you’ve probably felt the pinch financially from time to time. However, if money is a constant source of worry for you then this is going to be incredibly damaging to your mental health. Debt is something that can make just about anyone crack- demanding letters and phone calls, bailiff threats and debts increasing due to interest can be a massive worry. If you’re in debt, doing what you can to resolve this is so important. Consolidation is a good way to pay off debt fast, as all of your balances are brought together making them easier to manage. Because many consolidation loans and cards have an interest free period, it gives you a number of months to pay it down without any being sucked up by the interest. If you’re unable to consolidate, speak to a debt charity. They will be able to provide you with the best advice about what to do in your particular circumstances. It can be difficult for anyone to seek advice about this, let alone when you’re dealing with a condition like anxiety or depression. But getting things in the open and sorted, and coming up with a payment plan that works for you helps you to regain control. Burying your head in the sand will make everything so much worse.
It’s well established that the body and mind are strongly linked, and so if you treat your body badly then it will in turn affect your mental health. When you’re suffering with a mental health issue, it’s not always easy to start a big health kick and begin exercising every day- some people struggle even getting out of bed. But do what you can, push yourself where possible. Anything you can do to look after yourself can benefit both your body and mind. Whether it’s going for a brisk walk to the shops or eating an extra piece of fruit, do your best to look after your body. If you’re struggling with an addiction such as smoking, drinking or drugs then speaking to your GP and being totally honest and open will help you to get onto a much more positive path.