Hearing the Raindrops of Mental Illness before they turn into a Rainstorm
Around 1 in 4 people in the UK, experience a mental health issue each year. In England alone, 1 in 6 people has reported experiencing more common mental health problems (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.
DISCLAIMER: Mental health is a very complex topic, I am talking from my own experiences, everyone deals with mental health differently, no two people experience mental health in the same way.
Every day, every hour, every week someone is struggling with their mental health. What is important is how we learn to navigate these struggles before they turn into much more complex problems.
Mental health can often be hard to navigate but the more we listen to our bodies and the early warning signs, the more we can begin to navigate and adjust to dealing with these issues and feelings.
This article has come at the perfect time for me as I have recently been feeling quite low myself and it is hard to talk about. I often feel low when my period is due (another taboo subject and because of my raging hormones and the contraceptive pill my mood has been up and down.
For the first couple of days of my period, I feel unlike myself. I go from being happy, to sad and sometimes angry. And when I get emotional in this way, I often eat my feelings, which is not always the best coping mechanism, but I can’t help but love food.
2021 was a very anxious year for me, I experienced anxiety as I had never before. Everyone has their anxious days and there is normally a reason for these anxieties but last year I did have a few panic attacks, which was a new experience for me. I hadn’t experienced feeling this bad before and I was unsure how to deal with it.
I have learnt through my experiences that I struggle to communicate my feelings, especially when I am upset about things. I have navigated this through listening to my body and when something does upset me, I try to communicate it to someone and talk through my frustrations. This has helped my anxiety the most, the more I talk through things and realise I am probably over-thinking, the better I feel.
Some things that help me when I am feeling anxious include:
Get out of bed
Do not stay in bed - although easier said than done on occasions, it is important to try and fight this urge to stay in bed. Even if it’s only a few minutes outside, or a chat with a housemate, it will make all the difference.
Go for a walk
Go for a walk - this is one of the best ways to clear your mind, not only is the fresh air good for you but sometimes a walk is a great way to make your mind feel lighter and view situations with more clarity.
Chat it out
Another way I try to work through my anxieties is by communicating, this is often with my boyfriend or my mum depending on why I am feeling anxious, and this often calms me and if I am just overthinking they can tell and help me through what is causing me anxiety.
Everybody deals with their mental health differently; these are just some of the few ways that I cope with mine. The best advice I can give anyone is that no matter how big or small the problem is always communicated and always listen to your body first. Your body knows when it's run down, and when it isn't feeling 100% this includes mental illness too.
If you want to seek any professional help for any mental health problems, you may have you can visit the NHS website Here: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/talking-therapies-medicine-treatments/talking-therapies-and-counselling/nhs-talking-therapies/