Signs Your Mental Health is Getting Bad Again

Something that a lot of people don’t understand is that healing is not linear. If you are struggling with depression and/or anxiety, you are going to have good days and bad days. It is completely normal to have a bad day, even after having a good stretch of days. While it is normal, it is still important to recognize when you are getting bad again. 

Here is a list of signs that your mental health is getting bad again:

  • Your energy levels have decreased
  • You are more irritable than usual
  • You are sleeping more or less than usual
  • Everything begins feeling like work or a chore- including hobbies
  • You feel trapped
  • You have a more negative outlook
  • You are having a hard time engaging
  • You snap at others
  • Your confidence goes down
  • Your self-image changes
  • Feeling unhappy right when you wake up
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • You become more defensive
  • You do more mindless activities (scrolling social media, watching tv, etc.)
  • You start prioritizing short term pleasure over long term gain
  • You avoid making future plans and begin bailing on current plans
  • Listening to music isn’t fun anymore
  • Sensing a lack of purpose/inspiration/goals
  • Seeking out triggering content on purpose
  • Your living space gets messier
  • You find it hard to leave your home
  • Small things feel like big things
  • You find yourself reliving the past instead of focusing on the present
  • You begin using alcohol and/or drugs to cope

What to do when you recognize these signs of your mental health getting bad again:

  • Talk to someone you trust- this can be a friend, family member, therapist, or even calling a helpline
  • Give yourself time to start healing again- take a mental health day and do what you think will help you get out of your funk
  • Take care of your body- make sure you are still eating and drinking plenty of water
  • Exercise- try cardio or meditation
  • Eat better- when you put bad food into your body, you can’t expect to feel good
  • Surround yourself with things and people that you love- this can be friends, family, pets, etc.
  • Force yourself to do your hobbies again- even if you don’t think you have the energy or desire to do so, once you start it can put you in a better mindset
  • Take a shower- this may seem simple to some people but it is not uncommon for people dealing with depression and anxiety to not take care of themselves
  • Take a bath- showering may seem too difficult, try taking a relaxing bath instead
  • Go outside- getting fresh air can be an immediate mood change for some people and it forces you to move your body
  • Avoid alcohol and drugs
  • Unplug from social media and tv
  • Remind yourself that nothing is permanent and you will not feel like this forever

Resources: Phone Number: 1-(800)-662-HELP (4357) This website provides information about mental health disorders and available treatments.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

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