What’s up, everybody? It’s your boy Ky, here with a real talk conversation about something we should all be talking about – mental health.
Here’s the deal – we all go through tough times in life. But, sometimes those tough times become overwhelming and we need a helping hand. When should you consider talking to a mental health professional? Let’s break it down in a way that will keep you positive, hopeful and inspired.
When you’re starting to dread the things you used to love.
Whether it’s your favorite hobby, a weekly catch-up with friends or family, or even your job – when those things start to feel like you’re dragging yourself through wet sand to get to them… It’s time to call in the pros.
When you’re losing sleep (and not just because of that scary movie you watched).
If you find yourself staring at the ceiling at night, unable to drift off to sleep, it could be a sign that there’s something deeper going on in your head. Chatting to a pro can help ease you back to those sweet, sweet dreams.
When you’re avoiding people more than the “New Year, New Me” squad avoids the gym.
If you’re ditching plans and finding reasons to skip out on social events, or even just avoiding talking to people in general, it might be time to chat to a mental health pro. It could be social anxiety rearing its head (totally normal), or something else. (Yes, even if you’re an introvert like me.)
When those feelings of sadness just won’t quit.
It’s normal to feel down or have moments of sadness every now and again. But, if those feelings are starting to stick around longer than usual (think two weeks or more), talking to a mental health professional can help you find ways to navigate those emotions.
When you’re feeling “meh” all the time.
If you’re feeling numb, disconnected, or just “meh” about everything going on around you, it could be a sign of depression. Talking to a mental health professional can help you find ways to manage those feelings and start feeling more like yourself again.
When you’re constantly stressed out and ready to throw in the towel.
Stress is a natural part of life, but chronic stress can contribute to a whole host of mental and physical health issues. Talking to a pro can help you find ways to manage the stressors in your life in a more productive and healthy way.
There is no shaming here.
Remember folks, there is no shame in chatting with a mental health professional. They’re trained to help you navigate all of life’s curveballs, and we all need someone to talk to every now and then. So go on, pick up that phone and make that call. Your mental health will thank you for it.