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It’s simple, taking care of your mental health makes your life so much easier and more enjoyable, and who wouldn’t want that for themselves or the people that they love? To that end, it is vital that you prioritize any mental health issues and deal with them in appropriate ways. 

Know when something is wrong.

One of the most crucial things that people who suffer from mental health issues can do is establish a check to assess how they are doing. This doesn’t need to be complicated. In fact, it can be based on pretty simple things, like am I sleeping too little or too much? Am I eating too little or too much? Am I using avoidance behaviors not to feel or deal with something? If the answer is yes to any of these questions, then it’s a great indicator that things are not all well, and you can start to reach out for help before they get too bad.

If you know when you aren’t feeling yourself, you can catch a downward trend in your health before it becomes too bad.

Talk to someone.

In fact, one way that you can reach out for help is to tell someone how you are feeling. It is always best to pick this person with care from your friendship group, family, or support network.

Then you will be able to have a conversation with them about what’s bothering you and whether you need to seek additional help, or whether you can put in place some coping strategies that you already know.

Get some specialist help.

Of course being able to see a professional counselor is an integral part of reaching out and asking for help. In particular, a professional will have the expertise to guide you through your problem and refer you on for specialist advice if you need it.

However, some people are put off seeking such help because they struggle to find time in their busy lives or dislike the idea of being seen at a counseling practice. Luckily, with services such as Thrive Talk, this is no longer an issue because you can access counseling from the comfort of your own home. Online counseling might also make it much easier on an emotional level because you don’t have to psych yourself up to go to a session.

Be compassionate to yourself.

Last of all, but mainly for anyone struggling with a mental health issue, it is vital to learn some self-compassion. Mental health and mental illness are real things and just because they are not tangible like a broken leg or a fever doesn’t mean that they don’t cause a great deal of suffering.

In fact, many mental illnesses have their roots in perfectionist mindsets, so by being compassionate to yourself, it is possible not only to alleviate some of your suffering in the moment, but also you may be contributing to your recovery in the long term.  Feeling better mentally  is entirely possible for people who have mental illness to achieve, as long as they  address it and don’t treat it only as an afterthought.