I am not sure if I genuinely want to talk about this mental health thing because I am genuinely aware of what I am going through right now. I can say that I am having difficulties identifying some of my emotions, but I am not anxious neither depressed. Sometimes, I feel like things are okay and that I shouldn’t have to worry about stuff. But then sometimes, afterward, I feel a little off, and that doesn’t make any sense.
If we would talk about stressful things in life, I can say that pretty much everything is still stressful. So I don’t entirely see any difference in my life at the moment. But regardless, I wonder if I am still okay or if my mental health is getting worse. Seriously, I don’t know. But I do understand the significance of checking in on my mental health. So I use the things below as warning signs.
I Don’t Have A Consistent Sleep Schedule
As much as I do not want to believe it, having an inconsistent sleep schedule has a lot to do with my mental health. I usually have trouble getting up at a certain time in the morning because I always feel too exhausted to do that. When I often get irregular sleep schedules, I know there is increased stress in my life, contributing to the worse declines in my mental health. That is because I keep on thinking about things consistently until I get anxious about everything. As a result, I become more drawn to the negativity that I can’t even force myself to rest and get a good night’s sleep.
I Lose Interests In The Little Things I Used To Love
I can tell that I am not okay when I find the things I once loved uninteresting. For example, I like to believe that I am a very creative person, and I love engaging in activities that have a lot to do with art. I draw, paint, compose songs, write short stories, and pretty much create something out of scratch. So every time I feel like I have a little extra time or feel bored or something, I think about small things to do. However, when some or most of these hobbies make me feel uncomfortable and exhausted, I can immediately tell that my mental health is not at its best.
I Often Feel Exhausted And Drained
Apart from losing interest in the little things I once loved doing, I know a mental health decline when I often feel exhausted and drained. Despite trying to stay positive, I constantly feel like there is long-term stress that clings to me. I know it is not just about feeling tired. I can feel that I am dealing with something that I cannot understand because all that is clear is the constant exhausted state. In some instances, the strange feeling brings extreme sadness and loneliness, which I know is a sign of a mental health problem.
I Easily Get Overwhelmed Over Nothing
Have you ever had that feeling where you are so into doing many things because you believe you can manage through it? You get your paper and list all the things you think you can accomplish at a particular time. Then after seeing a lot of that “to-do task,” you become weary, and you feel so dreadful. I feel you! I get that overwhelming feeling. Sometimes, even if I only have a couple of things on my table, I still feel stressed. And funny that even trying to get away from that stress becomes stressful enough.
I Feel Emotionally Shattered
I understand that there are so many things around me right now that I can’t handle. I am perfectly aware of the stressors in my life and how they affect me differently in all aspects. But somehow, with unstable mental health, I also feel emotionally shattered. I can’t focus on finding solutions to the problems I got because I am more too drawn to sucking it all in and cry in the corner. The massive stress brings me so much pain that I can’t even tell where it hurts. I am confused as things around me feeling like spinning out of control.
I Don’t Socialize That Much Anymore
Picturing myself, I know I am friendly, fun-to-be with, considerate of others, and I certainly enjoy making other people happy. So much to that, I am an extrovert who always wants to be surrounded by many people. But when I find myself isolated and don’t feel like socializing, I know that I am not okay. Interacting with people completes me because I engage with meaningful conversations and learn stuff through their experiences. But when my comfort level tends to go down, it could mean that I am having some emotional issues that I don’t want to talk about. Or I don’t want others to trigger what’s already damaged inside of me.