It’s okay to feel anxious when someone you care about is suffering with their own Mental Health
When someone is struggling with their Mental Health it can be a challenging time for their family and friends to know how to help. Seeing someone in distress can often make people feel uncomfortable, feel out of depth and fear how they can support the person suffering to feel safe and feel well again.
Making the time to talk openly and listen to people you care about gives them an opportunity to feel connected, heard and less isolated. Don’t forget to manage your own emotions during this difficult time using the resources around you of other family members, friends, work colleagues or seek some professional support.
You are not alone, here are ways you can manage your own Mental Well-being with a mindful focus of self care during this difficult time;
- Encourage the person who is suffering to access professional support if the support you and others are offering is not enough – that’s OKAY, you can access support at findingourway.co.uk
- Limit the time you offer support if you are becoming too emotionally affected by your current situation. Getting others involved in the care of the person struggling with their mental health takes the pressure off you and also helps the person struggling to connect with others. A support network is paramount – don’t burn yourself out!
- Find ways in which you can switch off and take a break from your current situation. Do what works for you such as taking a relaxing bath, go for a walk, meet with a friend, have a good cry, ask for hugs, be around people you feel safe with, go shopping and buy a little treat for yourself, rest, nap and focus on your safe space.
- Positive affirmations will also help you to get through each difficult situation you face, telling yourself e.g. this will pass, I have got through difficult life events before I can get through this, I feel overwhelming now but nothing lasts forever, I can do this….
- Focusing on yourself during this time is incredibly important as you can’t offer effective support to others if you’re unable to maintain a healthy space within yourself first.
Don’t be afraid to speak out yourself and access support for You too during this difficult time.
TALK, Listen and Change Lives – Stop the stigma of Mental Health, Be Proactive!