My Mental Health

Dealing with mental health and understanding what is normal and what is not can be tricky to navigate.

It is important to remember that mental health is a spectrum and can change with each new day.
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HEALTHY

Normal mood fluctuations.
Takes things in stride.
Consistent performance.
Physically and socially active.
Usual self confidence.
Comfortable with others.

REACTING

Irritable/impatient.
Nervous, sad, increased worrying.
Procrastination.
Forgetful.
Trouble sleeping, falling asleep.
Lowered energy.
Intrusive thoughts.
Low social activity.
Difficulty relaxing.

INJURED

Anger, anxiety.
Sadness, tearful, hopeless, worthless.
Preoccupation.
Decreased academic performance.
Disturbed sleep.
Avoidance of social situations, withdrawn.
Intrusive thoughts.
Low social activity.
Difficulty relaxing.

ILL

Significant difficulty with emotions and thinking.
High anxiety.
Panic attacks.
Depressed mood.
Overwhelmed.
Constant fatigue.
Disrupted contact with reality.
Suicidal thoughts/intent/behaviour.

It is easy to be confused about the difference between mental and emotional health. Whereas mental health is how you are feeling on the inside, emotional health is how you process these feelings and express them to the outside world.
To be emotionally healthy means to be able to understand why you are feeling a certain way and presenting these emotions in the appropriate manner. Just as it is emotionally unhealthy to have constant outbursts and tantrums, it can also be unhealthy to hold in the way you are feeling and pretend everything is okay when it may not be.
The appropriate way to express your emotions can come in many forms, whether it is confiding in family in friends, channeling your feelings into art, or using your body in a physical way can all be helpful ways of staying emotionally healthy.

Recognize that feeling emotions is normal

Be in tune with your emotions

How am I feeling about this situation? 

Why do you feel that emotion?

Why did this situation make you feel this way?

Express emotions in a healthy way

HEALTHY → Focus on task at hand → Break problems into manageable chunks → Identify and nurture support systems → Maintain healthy lifestyle.
REACTING → Recognize limits → Get adequate Rest → Food → Exercise → Identify minimise stress.
INJURED → Identify and understand own signs of distress → Talk with someone → Seek help → Seek social support → Rather than withdrawing.
ILL → Get medical advice → support → Follow health care provider recommendations → Regain physical + mental health.

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