Warning Signs – Declining Mental Health
Nathan Perkins • July 10, 2020
As many as one in five adults report feeling a lack of emotional and psychological support. This statistic is likely even higher these days, given the current circumstances and the lack of understanding regarding mental health issues.
Whether or not you have experienced low points in your mental health or emotional state before, it can be difficult to identify a breakdown or detect when a breaking point is about to be reached. Many of us find it difficult to acknowledge our own emotions in favor of what we might perceive to be “more important.”
Mental health is an aspect of life that should be treated as a priority—even more so in these difficult times. If you’re worried about yours but unsure about the warning signs, here a few ways to detect (and possibly prevent) a breakdown:
- You lose your taste for things that bring you enjoyment
Maybe your favorite video game suddenly lost its appeal, or you find yourself unable to pick up a book. Maybe there seems to be no point in talking to your friends or even putting on a movie. Maybe you’ve even stopped caring about eating healthy meals, exercising, or even just keeping up with your personal hygiene. All these and more are signs of depression.
It is important to remember that self-care is a continuous process. While this can seem pressuring, the road to better mental health is paved by making sure that you take at least one of these steps a day.
Keep going, and it might just help you from falling apart.
- Negative feelings are starting to rule your mental space
More often than not, it is not a single triggering event that causes someone to fall apart. For many of us, our stability is ebbed away bit by bit over a long period of time, until finally, it crumbles.
A shift in your mood can span days or even weeks, and most people don’t notice until their emotional state has hit a considerable low. The only way to prevent this is to monitor changes in your moods and to make notes on the frequency of your negative states.
One good way to do this is to write things down in a journal. It doesn’t even have to be detailed. A simple 1 to 5-star rating of your moods every day can go a long way to tracking your mental state.
- You start putting yourself at risk
This is the first sign of more self-destructive behavior to come and can lead to an intensely harmful downward spiral if not handled correctly. This can involve exposing yourself to your own triggers, such as contacting that ex-lover who emotionally abused you or spending time with friends who are too negative. It can even be as simple as overeating.
The only way to prevent this is to shut out the voice in the back of your head that’s telling you to make all these bad decisions. In short, you have to make good choices, like surrounding yourself with people who can only help your situation or reaching out to your support system to share your situation.
There is a Buddhist saying that applies when it comes to the subject of mental health: “The person who knows others is wise, but the person who knows himself is enlightened.” There are many ways we can end up ignoring the warning signs because of misconceptions, personal biases, or urgent circumstances. At the end of the day, the act of observing yourself and your mental state is a part of setting yourself up for better mental health.
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