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HEALTH & YOURSELF

Your mental health should always be on your mind as the stats would suggest you're likely to express some form of struggle even if relatively 'subtle'. The most common types of mental illness in the UK are Anxiety and Depression, which can come in various forms.

Here we help you understand the symptoms associated with these, potential triggers and ways to alleviate the extend to which these are impacting you. 

ANXIETY

Anxiety is a feeling of fear or apprehension but is a healthy and natural response to stress. However if persistent and excessive it can cause serious issues.

Symptoms:

  • Restlessness & irritable

  • Difficulty concentrating

  • Becoming anti-social

  • Overthinking

  • Insomnia

  • Change in appetite

Triggers:

  • Stressful situation:
    - Relationship/friendship breakdown
    - Job uncertainty or redundancy

  • Loneliness or lack of support

  • Trauma:
    - Crime
    - Illness/injury 

  • Genetics - naturally anxious

Help:

  • Writing a journal - helps express your thoughts and can identify potential triggers such certain situations, people or social media.

  • Walking - bring yourself into the present by focusing on everything from the trees, birds, clouds and cars etc

  • Meditate

  • Schedule - set a time in the day to focus on the things worrying you, this helps reduce the thoughts playing on your mind all day.

  • Speak to family & friends

Specialist:
 

If you're worried reach out to your GP and some specialist charities such as:
 

DEPRESSION

In simple terms depression is a mood disorder which causes prolonged sadness and/or a lack of interest in life.

Symptoms:

  • Continuous low mood or sadness

  • Feeling hopeless or helpless

  • Not enjoying things you usually do

  • Becoming anti-social

  • Lack of energy or motivation

  • Lack/loss of appetite

Triggers:

  • Stressful situation
    - Relationship/friendship breakdown
    - Job uncertainty or redundancy

    - Overworked/ burned out

  • Loneliness

  • Drugs & alcohol 

  • Illness (longstanding injuries or illness)

  • Personality

Help:

  • Accepting you're currently suffering

  • Exercise - anything from a brist walk to a full HIIT workout

  • Get outside and into nature 

  • Spend time with and speak to friends & family

  • Eat healthier 

  • Vitamin D supplements

  • Music - listen to a happy playlist

  • Try something new (E.G Cooking or a sport)

  • Volunteer - volunteering is very self-rewarding 

Specialist:
 

If you're worried or having suicidal thoughts reach out to your GP and some specialist charities such as:
 

 
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