Whether or not you’ve been diagnosed with a mental health condition, there are many treatments that can help improve your emotional well-being. Looking after your mental health is extremely important, as without a clear state of mind, the body and soul also suffers. Our mental health has a derived effect on the rest of our body; it is clear we cannot function properly without it being looked after and cared for.
Nowadays, there is a high level of stress involved in most of our lifestyles. Whether it is at work, or at home, managing stress is the key for us to not become absorbed in trivial things and to fully appreciate each day life brings. It is very hard to do this when you become consumed in routine and forget to focus on the things that really matter to you. From this, anxiety and depression can easily develop from not looking after your mental health properly. Once you are in the midst of one of these conditions, it is very hard to see a way out. Here are a few suggestions that can help alleviate anxiety and depression (in no particular order of effectiveness, as everyone reacts differently to different treatments).
This involves talking with a therapist about your past life events/current situation/relationships to find out what the cause of your unhappiness is. You’ll be required to lie down, close your eyes and relax, where they will ask you a series of questions. From you answering these questions in your relaxed state, they are able to access your subconscious to identify the reason as to why you are anxious or depressed.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
If you feel that you need some professional support, talk to your GP about the different options you have about improving your mental health. Most commonly, you’ll be put forward for CBT. You will be assigned a cognitive behavioural therapist, who will talk to you about different ways of managing your anxiety. You will learn to rationalise your thoughts. This is especially helpful if you have OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder) and high levels of anxiety.
Using oils on your skin, in the bath and inhaling them can be very good to relieve stressful moods. If you are stressed, tension builds up around your shoulders, neck and back. As a consequence, this also affects your mental state. Massaging them will break up the knots and relief the tension. Seek out your nearest spa and have a massage that focuses on these areas. Have some compassion for yourself, take some time out and let your mind and body be pampered by the different aromas.
You don’t have to be a professional or regular yoga goer to appreciate the benefits that this sport can bring. Try going to a beginners Yoga class to see what type of exercises and poses you can do to restore balance between your mind, body and soul.
You may just want someone to talk to but you feel that what you want to talk about isn’t something to talk among friends or family. The benefit of having a counsellor is that they remain a separate, unrelated person looking in on your thoughts. They may be able to see something a bit differently and make recommendations to what might be helpful to you.
Your GP may recommend you taking some anti-depressants in conjunction with a talking therapy, such as CBT. This is a recommended combination for most mental health conditions, as the medication gets you to a point where you can cope and the talking therapy helps you manage your condition in the long term. Of course every person is different, so it is best to talk to your GP about your options.