All of us are under such pressure to put our problems in the past tense. Slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process, one that may take years, occasionally, even a lifetime – and that’s OK.
Never avoid these red flags; they’re telling you something far more dangerous and detrimental to your mental health:
- Doing routine activities become a hard chore to complete: you are demotivated about everything and can’t focus easily hence it is becoming hard for you to complete your daily chores. This can be studying, going to work, working out or anything. Basically losing interest.
- Becoming more obliged in doing anything risky: since you don’t have anything to live for you don’t mind risking things as you don’t know what matters to you.
- Feeling easily overwhelmed:
feeling overwhelmed with any conversation or getting hurt too easily. Not just that but by seeing some sort of news outside which gives you more negativity than what it gives to other people.
- Losing interest or feeling unusually “low”: feeling unusually low without any reason is a major sign of mental illness. It basically means that you have some sort of biological dispute that is making you feel this way. You are hence losing interest.
- Recovering on issues through drugs and alcohol: using substance abuse as a means to cope up. This can start with having a drink or two after work and then having it daily just to feel nice or less lonely.
- Abnormal sleeping and eating patterns: it can be waking up late or waking up too early or sleeping a lot. We should understand that our physical health is in turn related to our mental health and sleep plays a major role. If you are not going to sleep you will not have the energy for anything and basically your whole schedule will disrupt.
- Sleep too much or not at all: DEPRESSION is linked with sleeping too much whereas anxiety is linked with not sleeping at all.
- Eat too much or too little: again you either don’t get hungry or binge eat a lot because of some sort of stress. All of these are basically coping mechanisms.
- Numb your feelings with substances actions
- Lose track of time Push people away
- Avoid eye contact: because of nervousness or hesitation you avoid eye contact.
- Just want to be alone: you have stopped finding happiness in other people because you don’t think there is. You don’t have the energy to talk to other people and hence prefer staying alone.
- You don’t have any energy Disinterested in everything