As kids, we’re often told to “suck it up” and push past uncomfortable points in our adolescence. Whether it was the kid in our class who made fun of our clothes or the girl who picked on us at lunch, developing a resilient mindset and overcoming adversity are valuable tools that help us transition into adulthood.
But, believe it or not, this mindset can hinder our growth later in life and cause us to become jaded to the world around us. Instead of reaching out and asking for help from others, we bottle up our emotions and struggle in silence. If you suspect your mental health is declining and you don’t know how to spot the warning signs, here’s what to look for in the upcoming weeks and months.
Fatigue and Lack of Concentration
To be fair, we all get tired from time to time, and the thought of focusing on homework or work-related tasks can cause us to squirm in mental agony; that’s normal. However, poor mental health, extreme fatigue and lack of focus intertwine with one another in an ugly, soul-crushing cocktail.
Moreover, these side effects splash over into your real-life interactions with other people. Are you guilty of the following behaviors regularly?
- Spotty work history
- Forgetting names and faces
- Showing up late
- Not turning work in on time
- Getting lost in thought
- Chronic daydreaming
While these symptoms seem harmless on the surface, chronic displays of these side effects are signs your mental health is declining.
Do your friends know you as a “worry wort?” If so, mental health may be the culprit. People who battle with mental-health issues find themselves overplanning, worrying too much and creating elaborate “what if” scenarios in their heads. In the end, their irrational fears and anxiety stop them from performing tasks they love and enjoy.
More importantly, these behaviors can wreak havoc on your relationships, both in a platonic and romantic setting. You know it goes: You’re in a great relationship, you love each other and enjoy one another’s company, but something inside you tells you to prepare for the worst.
Thinking your fears are rational, you become controlling and demanding of your partner. Before you know it, you’re miserable and don’t know why. If this hits too close to home, contacting a professional who understands the subtle nature of mental health is a must!
Small Setbacks Are Paralzying
Going through life unharmed is virtually impossible, and the act of living is a contact sport. However, inconvenient setbacks and misfortunes shouldn’t have the ability to paralyze your will to keep moving forward.
For individuals who suffer from poor mental health, tiny events can unravel their entire day before it starts. If you’ve found yourself crying or having a mental breakdown from a trivial event, such as losing your car keys, forgetting to do your homework or missing a phone call, seeking guidance is your next step. With the right set of eyes and a little bit of encouragement, your life can change for the better.
You’re Worth It
For readers who are dealing with low self-esteem, depression and anxiety, let me be the first to tell you that you’re capable of great things. Regardless of what your past looks like, each day presents new opportunities to become the person you’ve always known you could be.
The first step to becoming the best version of yourself is seeking help for your mental health. Don’t wait until your symptoms are negatively influencing your quality of life. Make a commitment today to strive for excellence and improve your mental well-being!