Time to Talk
When you hear the word HEALTH what comes to mind? For many it is diet, for others it is all about activity but until recently the mind/soul/spirit side of things has been largely neglected. The tide is turning though. With stress, anxiety and depression now affecting so many people this is an area that must come under the spotlight more. It’s time we all started taking a more rounded approach to what health means.
Mental Health – stress, anxiety and depression
Stress, anxiety and depression are problems that we are all likely to experience at some point of time in our lives. They are often not debilitating and we can ‘work through’ or ‘cover up’ but is that really the healthy option?
Techniques can be helpful to getting by but by not tackling the root cause of the issue we just allow it to continue or to grow in severity.
It often takes another to spot the point at which intervention is necessary. Be kind to those around you and be aware of how they are coping, behaving and reacting. Flag any concerns you have early. It’s better to risk offending than to watch someone you care about slide into depression or break down.
In the coaching room I am hearing more and more about how stress, anxiety, bullying and depression are becoming everyday factors in life. Rarely though are people reaching out for the specialist support that they need. There are many different ways of tackling these issues. In many cases just finding one person who you can talk to about them will be the turning point. Then, with that person’s help, start searching for ways to support yourself. It doesn’t always mean seeing a counsellor or a doctor, it might be that you can introduce practices such as yoga, meditation or mindfulness to your daily routines. It may be that you need to look at your lifestyle and introduce some balance.
I recommend creating as long a list of options as possible and then giving things a try to see how they work for you. A friend may have had great results with meditation but it may be that running would work better for you. We are all unique and it’s highly likely that you are going to need more than one option up your sleeve to help you when times get tough
My plea today is that if you feel stressed, anxious, bullied or depressed then reach out for help. The professionals whose work touches on these areas will have YOUR best interests at heart and will refer you on to the most suitable approach if necessary. Don’t suffer in silence, don’t make do, cover up or get by….get help. You are worth it!
You can use my Introduction Session to get that conversation started with the assurance that if you need help other than coaching I will encourage you to find the appropriate support that you need.