In this blog, I am going to share a few signs of poor mental health just like we have a few signs of poor lifestyle. An unhealthy lifestyle leads to common physical ailments like body pain, headache, acidity, blood pressure, diabetes etc. and we so openly talk about it, isn’t it?
How do you know if you are in your good state or you are simply pushing yourself off the ridge? When do you realise that something is wrong but don’t know what it is? Is it something that makes you feel sick internally, but doesn’t show up on the outer surface?
When it comes to mental turmoil, we find it very difficult to comprehend, hence we hesitate to communicate our feelings. So let me help you to help yourself.
10 Signs Of Poor Mental Health
Recognising the signs of poor mental health not only help you to work on it but also helps you to connect with your inner self which is often neglected. We talk about self-care and self-love, but self-care is not only related to having bubble baths and going on vacations. There is a lot of internal working left unaddressed, for which we don’t have to go anywhere except for bringing our whole attention to our inner self.
We can begin by noticing, paying attention to our thought patterns and belief system and here is how we can begin by observing the signs of poor mental health in the first place:
|1.) Persistent feeling of sadness
|2.) Canceling or opting out of meetings and public gatherings at the last moment
|3.) Lack of concentration, forgetfulness
|4.) Extreme mood swings
|5.) Excessive worry
|6.) Withdrawal from social connections
|7.) Disturbed Sleep
|8) Fatigue and tiredness
|9.) Lack of interest
|10.) Lack of energy
Knowing the warning signs
The above mentioned 10 signs of poor mental health will not only act as a reminder but will also help you to own your feelings. We always seek validation from others but sometimes completely neglect to acknowledge our pain and sorrow. To work on a mental health issue, we need awareness, for awareness, we need acceptance that something could be wrong, and to make it right, we must be open to seeking help.
Timely intervention can help reduce the severity of an illness. It can also delay or prevent a major mental illness altogether.
1.) Persistent feeling of sadness
Those gloomy days never end, we feel as if we are stuck in a never-ending loop of getting up in the morning and dragging our body to do the minuscule looking things. It feels heavy, dull and sad all the time. One of the prominent unhealthy signs of poor mental health.
2.) Canceling or opting out of meetings and public gatherings at the last moment
You crave to go out, you want to meet people, but you don’t want to meet people. The irony is for real. You even drop out, cancel a meeting or plan at the last moment just to avoid people and socialising.
3.) Lack of concentration, forgetfulness
The persistent feeling of sadness blurs your vision, clouds your mind. You feel this huge fog in the brain which makes it quite overwhelming to remember names, numbers and associate with things.
4.) Extreme mood swings
One of the common and confusing signs of poor mental health, you experience constant irritability, anger, sadness, frustration and then you feel calm and quiet. All this becomes too difficult to process and a challenging behavioural pattern to explain to others.
5.) Excessive worry
The constant fear, anxiousness is commonly found in individuals with general anxiety. You can’t help but worry a lot, overthink about a situation, fear the outcomes, imagine the worst scenarios. Sometimes these symptoms also show physical symptoms like headache, rapid heart palpitations etc.
6.) Withdrawal from social connections
Like I mentioned earlier, if someone starts seeking peace in isolation, it becomes the most comforting place for them. They prefer staying alone over meeting people and feel safe and protected in their own cosy surroundings.
7.) Disturbed Sleep
Oversleeping or not sleeping at all, waking up in-between, scrolling the internet pages without any clue. All this affects your brain health in the long learn, also leading to high frustration and irritability in your day to day activities. Sleep is a luxury, we hardly value.
8) Fatigue and tiredness
Mental disorders like depression come in handy with these two best friends. And the reason for such persistent tiredness is unexplainable most of the time.
9.) Lack of interest
Just like an unhealthy body loses interest in any physical activity, an unhealthy mind will not be happy to do the things it enjoyed doing in the past. We do things out of interest, liking and passion and just when we lose our usual self to sadness and the dark zone, we lose interest in doing things we once loved to do.
10.) Lack of energy
The most disturbing of all the signs of poor mental health here is that we lack the complete energy to do mundane things, daily chores. We are judged on the basis of how we present ourselves, how we do a particular task and how we keep things organised and clean. But just when your inner world has lost it’s balance, you are bound to find it hard to regain that lost balance.
To conclude, I would say, please observe, be aware and be there for yourselves. The only person who can help you is YOU. So, just in case you notice similar patterns for weeks, months, you need to know that you need help. You at least need to talk about it with someone you can confide in.
Love and light
Priyanka is a published author of 26 Days 26 Ways for a Happier you, Ardhaviram and Broken & Beautiful. An NLP practitioner and Founder of Sanity Daily, helping you prioritize your mental health. Let’s build a happy community.