If you’re living with a mental health problem, it can often have a big impact on the way you live your everyday life. While everyone will go through ‘off days’ or even difficult times, long-term mental health problems can often go deeper and make seemingly simple things more difficult to cope with.
The impact on your life
Those ‘bad days’ we all experience can often get you down, making you feel sad, angry, or generally glum or downcast. But we can also go through tough times in our lives where those feelings might last a little longer. This can happen when we experience big, stressful, or traumatic events like losing a job, the break up of a relationship, or the death of a friend or family member.
While these events and their effects are all common, the effects shouldn’t automatically be explained away as a mental health problem. In fact, it’s thanks to our mental wellbeing that we’re aware of these feelings and are able to recognise them as temporary. In other words, we know we’re feeling a certain way because something specific has happened to make us experience certain feelings and emotions.
Having good mental wellbeing means we can make that distinction and be confident, productive, and able to cope with the challenges life gives us along the way. So while the relationship between mental health and mental wellbeing is closely linked, it’s the differences between them that can have a more long-term effect and impact the way you live your life.
How mental health affects you
We all live different lives, but we can all go through similar events that can affect our mental health. These events can influence our mental wellbeing to an extent where it starts to affect how we feel, how we think, and how we cope with big things and even small, everyday things in our lives.
Common symptoms that can affect us can include feeling anxious for no specific reason, having difficulty in concentrating or remembering, experiencing mood swings, becoming easily upset or overly stressed, feeling depressed, or becoming more withdrawn from friends or family or life in general.
Any of these feelings can be challenging to cope with, and it’s having the balance of good mental wellbeing and good mental health that can make a difference. But every person is different, so we can all experience different feelings and be affected differently – there is no right or wrong way to feel.
Again, these can all be temporary feelings or emotions, but it’s when they stay with you for an extended period that they can become problematic. It’s at this point where we can develop longer-term mental health problems that can include:
– Personality disorders
– Eating disorders
– Obsessive-compulsive disorders (OCD)
– Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
While these can be the long-term mental health issues many people can suffer from, it’s the effect they can have on our daily lives that can turn worlds upside down.
How mental health affects your physical health
Just as good mental health and wellbeing are linked, the same can be said of physical and mental health too – and it can work both ways. Being in poor shape physically can be the first step to an increased risk of developing long-term mental health problems.
But if you’re already suffering from poor mental health, it can have a negative impact on your physical health too, leading to a similar increase in risk of certain conditions. As a society, we’re still falling short of mental health being treated with the same urgency as physical health, which can mean mental health sufferers are less likely to get the help they need.
But certain lifestyle changes can influence – and improve – both your physical and mental health at the same time. According to the Mental Health Foundation, physical exercise can “increases our mental alertness, energy and positive mood”, while a good, healthy diet of “proteins, essential fats, complex carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water can influence the development, management and prevention of numerous mental health conditions.”
How mental health affects your daily life
Mental health is a far-reaching issue. Whether mild or severe, it has the ability to impact your daily life in a big way. Presenting ongoing, daily challenges, it can alter how you think and feel, how you eat and sleep, as well as exerting its influence on your personal relationships.
But poor mental health and wellbeing also stop you from doing those everyday things others take for granted. From going to the shops, going to the pub, or going out socially, mental health problems make daily life much harder, leaving you feeling more isolated from friends, family, and society. It can even negatively impact your work and professional life, making you stressed, less productive, and unable to cope with your workload.
These daily challenges can seem difficult to overcome, but there are practical ways to help you. Together with the physical and diet-based changes, find a close friend, open up, and talk about how you’re really feeling when times are tough – this can be key to finding a coping mechanism and taking steps to boost your wellbeing. Even a change of scene can give you a boost, so explore your surroundings and discover new things or places to enjoy.
When mental health is affecting how you feel and impacting how you live your life, the most important thing is to ask for help. As well as talking to friends or family, if you feel comfortable doing so, there’s also plenty of support available by way of support groups, counselling or talking therapy, even your GP.
But you might not even realise something’s wrong, or at least not quite right, with how you’re feeling. That can make it difficult to be aware of any of these issues in yourself or others around you – especially at work. Our positive, inclusive, and interactive mental health training courses can help any employee or manager recognise any of the issues you might be facing while identifying the signs and symptoms that are so easy to miss.
But each course will give you the effective training you need to prevent issues spiralling out of control in yourself or others, and an understanding of why mental health training in the workplace is so important.
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