Right now there is a lot happening in our world.
Click on the boxes below to find out what questions you should ask in each situation.
Sadness and anger are normal human emotions.
But there can be a problem if these feelings last too long, are too intense, or get in the way of your daily life. It’s all a question of degree.
how sad or angry are you feeling?
Do you feel:
How long have you been feeling sad?
If days are tipping into weeks then you need to get help. Getting help early reduces the risk of developing an illness like depression.
Need help – for yourself, or your family or a friend
Fear is a normal human emotion.
But when it lasts too long, becomes too intense, and gets in the way of your daily life, it’s a problem. It’s all a question of degree.
Physical feelings or fear can include a faster heart rate, faster breathing, tense muscles, sweating, shaking, nausea, and ‘butterflies in the tummy’. When it gets really bad, you can feel overwhelmed by panic.
Are you way too worried?
Do you find it hard to relax?
If you can no longer go about your day as you normally would then it’s time to get help. Getting help early reduces the risk of developing an illness or anxiety.
Positive self-esteem and body image are basic to our mental health.
If you have negative body image and low self-esteem and you respond by trying to ‘fix’ your body, things can get out of control.
Do you feel bad about yourself?
Are you consumed by negative thoughts about how you look?
Are you trying to change the way you look by dieting or exercise?
Your diet and exercise need to be healthy. When they become extreme and get out of control then it’s time to get help. Getting help early reduces the risk of developing an eating disorder.
Sometimes life is hard. When things get this way, we all need to find ways to cope.
Sometimes the ways we cope might not be helpful. They can be band-aid solutions, covering up what’s causing us to get unwell in the first place. Or they can have a negative effect on our health and wellbeing. And some can be dangerous, or every life-threatening.
Do you avoid friends and family or your normal activities?
If the way you’re coping is costing you your physical health, mental health or your relationships, then it’s time to get some help. Life will get better when you start dealing with the problem instead of covering it up.
Not getting help could lead to serious health problems – both mental and physical – and the sooner you get help the better.