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3 Reasons you must seek help for mental health

3 Reasons you must seek help for mental health

Seeking help for mental health reasons is not something that anyone wants to do. It feels like failure in a way, not being able to deal with a situation that to you, may seem silly.

The thing about psychology is, you may not be able to help your reaction (more on that below). You can, however help the way in which you view why now is the reason to seek help for your mental health.

Mental Health affects productivity and focus

Productivity and focus go hand in hand. Your mental health is the back bone to achieving it. Concentrating on a task becomes increasingly difficult and tasks get overwhelming quickly. Your mindset will alter the way to approach your tasks, and even how you respond to them when completing them. If your mental health is suffering, then you may be more likely to get distracted and try and multitask (which doesn’t work, here’s why).

Mental Health changes your outlook on achievements

Like I’ve mentioned above, your mental health will have an impact on your productivity, but it also has a direct impact on how you view your achievements. So even if you ticked off your to do list, your brain may well decide that it’s actually not good enough after all. Maybe your assignment you finished is crap. Maybe you should have done better than you did. Negative mental health, negative outlook.

Your brain processes in the background

There is a reason you come up with ideas in the shower or when your driving. It’s because your brain has the great ability to continue processes in the background. But that is a double edged sword. Working on problems in the background is good if it solves a problem, but do you know what it does when you are trying to process information associated with mental health concerns? It gets you when you stop being so busy. So bedtime is a great time. It will be hard to shut off before bed, hard to stay asleep and even harder to get a restful nights sleep when your brain isn’t shutting off.

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It’s not your fault

Everyone reacts to situations differently according to our mental health. We all have emotional availability. If you’re a parent you’ll know how much attention society is now paying to emotional intelligence in children. Teaching our children how to regulate their emotions, what to do with them when they are struggling and how to recognise when they need to seek help or change their actions.

As adults we are no different.

The difference is however, we didn’t receive the same focus on the skills of emotional availability or regulation and mental health.

Your past experiences will be the deciding factor in how you respond. How you seek help, and when you decide the help is needed. This means that your understanding of this will be completely different to the person sitting next to you.

If a previous emotional reaction was met with a negative impact, you will forever remember that feeling. It’s always the negative that seems to stick out. The feeling you’ve done something wrong. The feeling of failure. Of disappointment.

It’s a part of adult life that we all seem to work out along the way – struggle is inevitable, shitty mental health is inevitable.

But why do we all seem to be built up on the understanding that if we are struggling then we need to deal with it on our own?

That’s not the way to do it.

What becomes difficult is when we struggle beyond our capabilities. Our understanding goes as far as knowing something doesn’t feel quite right, but that’s it.

How are you meant to work it out?

A lot of the time you just feel a bit lost or even stupid – which is definitely not the case.

Bigger challenges then arise when you, in your emotional infancy have to then support people through their crisis times.

When we don’t have the right tools to support our own emotions, supporting others becomes exhausting.

Emotionally exhausting.

Some days you feel like you don’t have the space left to care.

Some days the stress of not feeling in control gets to you.

It’s being so stressed out that the emotions now feel non existent. Like you’re feeling everything at once and yet nothing at all.

It’s at the heart of burnout.

Related We need to stop glorifying burnout

Take action

Mental fitness needs to become a standard

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness

https://www.openarms.gov.au

https://www.beyondblue.org.au