8 Mental Health Tips You Might Need Right Now

The purpose of this article is to give you tips for handling whatever problem you’re going through – from stress or family, financial, or relationship issues to mental health disorders.

Dr. Shairi Turner, an Internist and Pediatrician, who is also the chief medical officer of Crisis Text Line, which is a free support line for people in crisis, has given 8 useful mental health tips that can help those in crisis cope with whatever problem or pain they’re going through now.

Here they are:

1. Whether you’ll choose to take action or do nothing in times of crisis, don’t worry – both reactions are fine.

Dr. Turner says: “Everyone has a different threshold.” If you want to help yourself or others deal with a problem, but don’t feel mentally, physically, or emotionally ready for it, don’t feel guilty or ashamed of it.

Instead, make sure you’re in a perfect physical and mental condition before doing your best to help yourself or others.

2. You should never feel guilty for having strong, negative emotions.

You might feel sad, depressed, anxious, angry, or afraid, and that’s fine. You have the right to feel these ways.

Negative feelings are a part of life and they can’t be avoided. Therefore, you should never feel ashamed or guilty of having them. Additionally, you should never try to suppress them or let them consume you. Just let them come, embrace them, and then let them go.

3. Always keep in mind that when you feel desensitized in times of crisis, this doesn’t mean you’re indifferent or inconsiderate.

Dr. Turner explains: “Shutting down prevents being triggered by past experiences, having an anxiety attack, or becoming hyper-vigilant.”

So, if you feel numb when going through a rough patch in life, don’t take this as a sign that there’s something wrong with you. This can show that both your body and brain are going into protection mode.

4. Always remember that if you’ve already experienced trauma or tragedy, negative, painful events can be quite triggering.

Always keep in mind that if you’ve already dealt with high emotional stress or anxiety or suffered from a disease, you’re more prone to having strong emotional reactions to events similar to these.

Negative, painful events can remind you of your past traumatic experiences and cause you to feel the same emotional pain.

So, if this ever happens to you, make sure you are kind, calm, and patient with yourself.

5. Control what information appears in your newsfeed.

Living in an era of social media, we’re daily exposed to information related to all kinds of violent, disturbing things happening around the world. Such upsetting, traumatic events can be triggering even if you haven’t experienced them firsthand.

Therefore, you need to limit the amount of this kind of information that shows up in your newsfeed. And if you happen to notice tragic news on TV, don’t hesitate to change the channel.

6. If you want to stay informed all the time, make sure this is strategic, so that you don’t neglect your other needs.

Make sure you don’t let the time you spend on your computer or watching the news on TV prevent you from taking care of your mental, physical, and emotional health.

Make sure you have healthy eating habits and set aside enough time to exercise, walk in nature, and socialize with others.

Here are 3 easy ways you can stay updated but also take care of your overall being at the same time:

– Set a time limit, i.e. designate certain times of the day when you’re going to watch TV or surf the Net.

– Skim through your newsfeed. Decide what news really interests you or is worth reading and skip the less important one.

– Read or watch the news at the end of the day. In this way, you’ll manage to be more productive during the day.

7. Practice self-care.

Self-care has a different meaning for everyone. Therefore, you need to make sure you find out what makes you feel good and fills you with positive energy, and devote more time to it.

Whether it’s sleeping long hours, eating cakes, binge-watching movies, going to beauty salons, hanging out with your friends, or you name it, ensure you take the time to do it.  

8. Whatever you’re going through, talk about it to someone.

Dr. Turner says: “People should allow themselves to experience whatever they’re experiencing and know that no feeling is the wrong feeling. But they should also know when what they’re experiencing is too much for themselves to handle alone.”

Therefore, if you’re struggling with problems or pain, don’t keep it to yourself, share it with someone instead. Whether it’s a family member, friend, co-worker, partner, or therapist, let all your problems and worries out of you.

Just the mere act of sharing your problem with another person can feel really relieving and soothing, and if someone knows how to help you, that’s even better.