It’s important to look after our mental health and emotional wellbeing. Many of us live a fast-paced lifestyle in a busy world that can often become overwhelming and stressful. When you have a lot going on, are experiencing big changes or loss in your life, and even when it seems like there’s no reason, we can all find that we feel anxious or low in mood.
Sometimes these feelings pass on their own and other times we need help. If you are ever struggling to manage your feelings, you can speak to your GP. You can also self-refer to NHS Talking Therapies. You can find your local service here. These services are designed to support everyone, no matter the severity of their mental health problems, so please do not worry about “not suffering enough” or being “too complex.” They are there to guide you to whatever support you need.
Carringtons Coffee Co. give a special thanks to Dr Kathryn Ragan for her expertise and time in writing what we hope is a useful signpost to those seeking mental health help and advice.
- Feeling tired, struggling to sleep, oversleeping
- Low appetite, or overeating
- Negative thoughts about yourself and the future
- Feeling lethargic, moving and speaking more slowly
- Suicidal thoughts and urges to harm yourself
- Feeling empty, numb, and disconnected
- Heart beating really fast, trouble catching your breath
- Feeling hot and sweaty, or clammy
- Tension in any area of your body, but often your jaw or shoulders
- Feeling restless and unable to relax
- Racing thoughts
- Worrying about the future, preoccupation with things going wrong
NHS Talking Therapies
Our brains have evolved to protect us from danger and our bodies have complex defence mechanisms to help us stay safe. However, these defence strategies can become more and more sensitive as our brains work hard to protect us, and we can find that we become scared or avoidant of things that aren’t threatening in reality. The best way to overcome this is to challenge ourselves, but this is difficult, and so you may benefit from support with this. NHS Talking Therapies are a great resource for this support.
Suicidal thoughts are distressing but are a warning sign that we feel hopeless and overwhelmed by our feelings. We can worry about upsetting people by telling people that we feel this way. When we feel suicidal, our problem-solving skills shut down and death can feel like the only escape. We can feel like we are the only person that feels this way and that no one will understand. This is never the case, and I would encourage you to reach out to someone. This might be someone you already know, or it can be a professional.
Many people do not talk about their emotions and become less likely to do so when they are struggling. It is important for us to challenge the stigma around mental health problems, because when someone keeps difficult feelings to themselves, their wellbeing can decline. If we speak honestly about our own distress and make an effort to genuinely ask others about their wellbeing, we can help these conversations become more normal and less shameful.
There is a lot of information out there for people that want to learn more about different mental health problems and how to manage them. The amount of information can be overwhelming at times, so here are a couple of sources that I would recommend: