Sunday, January 19, 2020

Why Sharing Will Always Be Caring Where Your Mental Health Is Concerned #healthy2020 #sharingiscaring #mentalhealth

Healthy Living Month continues today with a focus on mental health. We focus so much on eating right to keep our bodies healthy...but mental health is important too! Today, The Weekend Gourmet's correspondent is sharing important information about the role that family and friends play in improving our mental health. This post may contain affiliate links.
Seeking professional treatment is, of course, by far the best way to take control of your mental health. Anyone who feels like they’re struggling should definitely seek professional help as soon as possible. However, it’s also possible to speed your mental health recovery by speaking with your loved ones too. Strangely, even those who recognize the need for counseling or hospitalization struggle to open up about things to those around us. This is sometimes due to fears that doing so will change the way our family and friends see us -- or unintentionally hurting them. In reality, though, sharing your mental health struggles with your nearest and dearest could prove invaluable to your recovery -- here’s why. 

A Personal Support Network Is Invaluable
A reliable mental health team can go a long way towards helping you find a stable psychological level...but don’t be surprised if that isn’t enough. In reality, overcoming mental setbacks is often about finding a more personal support network that offers you loving care no matter what. That’s something you can only get from your loved ones after letting them know what’s happening. As soon as your family and friends understand your struggles, they can be on hand to listen to your concerns, help build your life back up, or even just take you out for pleasant trips. It’s these small gestures -- that show you that you’re loved -- that could ultimately help you recover better. 
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Loved Ones Can Spot Symptoms You Might Otherwise Miss
New symptoms are always significant where mental health is concerned, but we don’t always recognize these changes ourselves. Even intermittent psychological counseling sessions could see changes/worsening. By comparison, your loved ones know you inside out. They see you every day, so they'll likely be able to spot new symptoms as they arise. For example: the moment you start experiencing delusions, they would be able to help you find a schizophrenia treatment center and possibly stop your condition worsening. They’ll also recognize drops in your mood and may be able to intervene if you’re experiencing depression. In short: letting loved ones know what’s going on could be the key to unlocking necessary treatment you need when you need it. 

Less Pressure from the People Around You
Whether they mean to or not, relationships can take their toll when mental health isn’t at its best. You may even find other people’s expectations or unhappiness due to your behavior worsens your mental health symptoms overall. However, as soon as your loved ones know what you’re going through, you can lessen those pressures and focus solely on your recovery. With a little knowledge, family members and friends won’t resent you for canceling arrangements. Nor will they grow frustrated if you’re quiet or withdrawn. It may seem like a small thing, but this increased understanding could be just what you need to get back on track -- all it takes is the ability to open up.

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