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How Do You Feel? - Guest Article by Wura Obisesan

How Do You Feel?

It’s funny when it rains and then it is sunny, but it is still chilly and then it rains again. It then rains with hailstones and then it is sunny again. You can’t even dream of wearing a coat because it will be on again and then off again and then finally off again. Every day you have a heavy decision of wellies or sandals. Now that is a million-dollar question, the weather can unpredictable. As we all wait for the weather to decide if it is still summer or autumn, let’s continue to have open and honest conversations around Mental Health. In anticipation of World Mental Health Day on the 10th of October let’s checks in with ourselves and others around us.

It is often difficult to spot the signs of poor mental health in those around us. With everything that has happened over the past year, it can be a challenge to discern between a simple case of poor mood or more serious signs of ill mental health. On top of that, most of us feel unequipped to deal effectively with someone who is struggling.
That is why we need to understand the importance of simply reaching out to those around us. Put some time aside to talk to your struggling colleagues, friends or family. Be upfront; tell them you are worried and why.

Listen, do not judge, and show your acceptance. Remind them that there is support available and keep reaching out after your conversation to stay in touch. Quite often, that first conversation is the first step to someone getting the help they need.

Some of the common of someone not coping include:

  • Working long hours with no breaks
  • Increased sickness absence or lateness
  • Mood changes
  • Distraction, indecision or confusion
  • Overreaction to problems or issues
  • Disruptive or anti-social behaviour
  • Poor concentration or being easily distracted
  • Low mood
  • Feeling overwhelmed by things
  • Irritability, short temper and aggression

If you or any around is experiencing a decline in mental health it is important you speak to a professional such as your General Practitioner (GP)

 

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