How does talking about our mental health help? My Online Therapy Dec 4, Jessy Wrigley Jun 12, Jessy Wrigley Mar 26, I need to talk to someone about my mental health. But thanks to technology, there are plenty of mental health services at our fingertips, wherever and whenever we need them most.
With lockdown you might be finding it difficult to open up to friends and family. One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives.
Some of the most common are catastrophising predicting the worst case scenarioblack and white thinking seeing things in extremes — good or bad, positive or negative and emotional need talk we base our view according to how we feel rather than the facts. Living with a mental health problem can be exhausting. Even when we know it would do us the world of good, sometimes it can be difficult to talk someone your mental health.
Talk it out with a therapist Whether you need help with a mental health problem, a relationship difficulty or simply want to work on self-improvement, therapy is a great place to start unpacking your problems. But, if you still find it tough, here are a few tips to help you start the conversation… Choose the right person to talk to Ever opened up to someone and felt more deflated than before?
Benefits of talking therapies
What is the difference between a psychotherapist and a psychologist? Although therapists have a reputation for dealing with mental health issues, you might find therapy useful even if your problems are more surface-level. Try and find someone who has shared experience too.
You may feel like the honeymoon stage is over and your partner is colder than they used to be, maybe you wish you had better boundariesor perhaps every little grievance in your relationship turns into a full-blown row. It might also be helpful to give your friend a he up.
I need to talk to someone about my problems: how to start the conversation
So many people have gone through similar experiences and come through the other side — and they may have some pearls of wisdom to share. And once you get these problems off your chest you might even feel an overwhelming wave of relief. Get Started. Created with Sketch. Remember there is strength in vulnerability.
We can get advice One in four of us will experience a mental health problem in our lives. Whether you need help with a mental health problem, a relationship difficulty or simply want to work on self-improvement, therapy is a great place to start unpacking your problems.
Essentially, this means that the clearer you can understand your emotions, the better you can control them. Start your therapy journey today Get matched to a psychologist, and have your first therapy session the same day.
Need to talk?
Pick a spot where you would feel okay if you got tearful, and maybe stay clear of potential eavesdroppers or prying eyes. But the reality is, our minds and bodies get a lot out of it.
Acknowledge the bad — but appreciate the good Life has its fair share of ups and downs. Unlike a friend or partner, your therapist will treat everything you say in strict confidence and can offer an objective view. Talk to a trusted friend who can support you, without enabling any bad habits e. Or perhaps they could share the coping mechanisms and mindful techniques that helped them. Making sense of your feelings and sharing them with your partner might be exactly what you need to get out of a romantic rut.
But how can I do it properly? Even the simplest tasks might seem like an uphill battle, and it can leave us feeling trapped, stressed or just a bit lonely.
Talk to someone
Prevention is often better than cure when it comes to mental health. Ever opened up to someone and felt more deflated than before? This is the part of the brain that, amongst other things, handles our fight or flight response. Maybe they could point you in the direction of a therapist or mental health service.
Chances are you talked to the wrong person.
But, if you still find it tough, here are a few tips to help you start the conversation…. Not only does it help reinforce them in our brains but it also might help us practice gratitude and connect with our loved ones. Bottling up these painful emotions can be agonising, so admitting you need help is a big step in the right direction.
Think of it as a safe space — a judgement-free zone where you can share all the weird, wonderful or even embarrassing thoughts you may have whirring around your brain. Life has its fair share of ups and downs.
Crisis services and planning for a crisis
Who should I talk to? Ask them if they have the time and emotional capacity to talk about something serious. Or, if that seems intimidating, Couples Therapy might offer the safe space you need to hash out your problems. There are practical things we can do to take control of our mental health: we could end an unloving relationship, quit a toxic work environment or practice mindful meditation in the morning.