Have you ever snapped at your loved ones? And it’s been happening rather too often? Or felt too angry or anxious lately? Modern day living can have all sorts of challenges therefore it’s important to recognize when it is too much for you. It’s nothing to be ashamed of to realize your mind is little out of balance. In fact, it is best to notice before it turns into a problem. So let’s look at the symptoms of being mentally out of balance and what to do to bring them back into balance in a simple way.
Benjamin Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” His quote was originally aimed at fire safety, but today we usually use his saying in connection with health. It goes without saying that preventing a mental health hazard is far better than to repair damage that is already done.
In order to prevent mental illness, it is important to firstly, recognize the signs and symptoms, then take immediate action to alleviate or prevent further distress. Mental illness often begins in childhood or adolescence and goes unrecognized. The earlier treatment is begun, the more effective it can be to prevent the mental disorder from progressing into adulthood. Here are some warning signs that a child or teen might need help, as delineated by the National Institute of Mental Health1:
Warning signs in a child/teenager
- Often feels anxious or worried
- Has very frequent tantrums or is intensely irritable much of the time
- Has frequent stomachaches or headaches with no physical explanation
- Is in constant motion, can’t sit quietly for any length of time
- Has trouble sleeping, including frequent nightmares
- Loses interest in things he or she used to enjoy
- Avoids spending time with friends
- Has trouble doing well in school, or grades decline
- Fears gaining weight; exercises, diets obsessively
- Has low or no energy
- Has spells of intense, inexhaustible activity
- Harms herself/himself, such as cutting or burning her/his skin
- Engages in risky, destructive behavior
- Harms self or others
- Smokes, drinks, or uses drugs
- Has thoughts of suicide
- Thinks his or her mind is controlled or out of control, hears voices
Warning signs in an adult
Although the list of symptoms is similar for adults, here are some other signs to watch out for in particular, as noted by the Mayo Clinic2:
- Feeling sad or down
- Confused thinking or reduced ability to concentrate
- Excessive fears or worries, or extreme feelings of guilt
- Extreme mood changes of highs and lows
- Withdrawal from friends and activities
- Significant tiredness, low energy or problems sleeping
- Detachment from reality (delusions), paranoia or hallucinations
- Inability to cope with daily problems or stress
- Trouble understanding and relating to situations and to people
- Major changes in eating habits
- Sex drive changes
- Excessive anger, hostility or violence
How can you help yourself?
- Get adequate quality sleep – this is often overlooked
- Keep your body adequately hydrated – you’d be surprised how much stress is put on the body when you are not well hydrated
- Commune regularly with nature – as Deepak Chopra advices in his “7 Spiritual laws of success”
- Meditate – you don’t have to sit cross legged for an hour. Find a 10 minute gap each day, maybe even twice a day to clean your mind. Deepak Chopra
- Find a purpose in your life – find what drives you to get out of bed each day.
- Feed your body well with only good quality wholesome meals 3 times a day (plus two mini healthy snacks) but also supplement your diet. Even though you may be watching calories and cooking from scratch you still may be deficient in crucial minerals.
There are two supplements in particular I’d personally recommend to keep your mental issues at bay. First one is a fermented blend of 100% organic ingredients to help you stay focused and mentally sharp. Fermentation increases the levels of macro- and micro-nutrients while breaking down food that is difficult for the body to process. Please ask me for more info.
The other one may surprise you because it’s about your gut health! Did you know that there is a strong link between how your brain functions and your digestive system? Feel free to reach out to learn my secrets 🙂
From a very different angle: if you know that what makes you depressed is your work situation then reach out to me for a free phone consultation and see what options you have to move forward with your life.
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