Do Not Neglect Your Mental Health
Start writing a post
Health and Wellness

Do Not Neglect Your Mental Health

Here's what you can do about it.

Do Not Neglect Your Mental Health

Our mental health is so important and we (as a society) often neglect it, especially when you’re in school or any form of high stress activity. From pushing ourselves too hard to succeed in school or at work, or maybe overdoing it in our social lives and not recognizing our boundaries, we are all at risk of neglecting the well-being of our mental health.

Our mental health can mess with all aspects of our lives – physical, spiritual, emotional, etc. While everybody’s mental health looks different, just like everyone’s physical health is different, recognizing what your own mental health should be like is a personal journey that I would encourage everyone to explore further.

While I am not a mental health expert in any way, shape, or form. I have had my own personal battle with mental health issues which has inspired this article. The following is personal knowledge that I would love to share. Here are 5 signs that you are neglecting your mental health and 5 ways to combat these signs.

1.Sleeping disruption

Sleeping too little or too much is a big red flag that something could be going on with your mental health.


Sure, we all get grouchy from time to time, but if you notice that you are constantly more grouchy than normal, it may be something worth looking into.

3.Lack of motivation

If you find yourself unable to finish a task, something may be to blame.

4.Social isolation

Isolating yourself from friends, family, peers, etc, is another big sign that your mental health is getting out of wack, especially if you’re typically an extrovert.

5.Changes in appetite

If you notice you’re eating more or less than normal, you might want to evaluate if it could be related to your mental health or something else going on in your life.

To combat these signs, try the following:


I know, I know, I sound so cliché, but seriously guys, it helps. It doesn’t have to be an intense workout at the gym – go to a yoga or spin class. Take a break from whatever is holding you down!

2. Put on some real clothes

I know this sounds like a bratty thing to say, but just showering and putting on some real clothes (not leggings and a t-shirt) can have profound impact on your motivation for the day.

3. Treat yo' self

Do something that you’ve been wanting to do for awhile but haven’t made time for – a bubble bath, buy a new book, new shoes – whatever it is that makes your heart happy, do that.

4. Meditate

I know this is another cheesy-sounding thing to ask you to do, but I promise it helps. Try apps like headspace – and it only has to be for like 5 minutes at a time guys!

5. Reach out to a friend

Talking to someone can make all the difference – regardless if you talk to them about what is directly bothering you or just catching up, friends can really turn our moods around.

Again friends, I just want to reintegrate that I am not in any way a mental health expert. These signs and tips are things that work for me and they may not work for everyone. However, if you’re ever feeling alone or like you need to talk, don’t be afraid to schedule an appointment with a counseling or physiatrist service – or call the national suicide hotline if need be – 1-800-273-8255.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Ready or not, here come the holidays, friends, and if you're as obsessed with the spirit of the season as I am, you are much more ready than not. Thanks to Hallmark Channel's Monopoly game making it possible to celebrate all year long, you can be ready now, too!

Keep Reading... Show less
Stephanie Tango

The pandemic has been in our world for more than half of 2020 and people are still acting stupid. If anything, they're getting stupider. They think that the virus is gone. It's not. Stop going to frat parties. Stop trying to go places without a mask. I wish things were normal, too. They're not.

Keep Reading... Show less
Kai Parlett

In the summer of 2017, 20 type 1 diabetics completed a 10-week 4,000+ mile bike ride from New York to California. They biked against the advice of doctors, family, and friends. Many were skeptical that people with diabetes could complete such a physically challenging trip without putting themselves in danger due to their disease.

Keep Reading... Show less

That's right, you heard that correctly: Demi Lovato and Max Ehrich called off their engagement after the couple originally announced their engagement in July after beginning to date in March.

Keep Reading... Show less

Demi Lovato's Called-Off Engagement Reminds Us Of The Importance Of Taking Our Time In Relationships

While this may be another hardship she sadly has to endure, I know she will find a way to inspire and help others through it.


I am heartbroken.

Keep Reading... Show less

We all love a good ol' sappy Christmas movie and this year, the Hallmark Channel is finally giving us what we want: diversity.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

Seasonal Depression Is Real And It Deserves Our Attention

Check in on your friends throughout the winter season, it can be brutal.


As we transition seasons and enter the last few months of the year, some are feeling grand about this natural shift. But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression.

The lack of sunlight during the later seasons of the year, beginning with autumn, triggers a state of depression for about 15% of the population. This results in the lack of serotonin provided by the sun, causing it to be hard for some to do a lot of the things that would normally be deemed simple tasks to do during the earlier times in the year like getting out of bed, showering, going to work/school, etc. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

September Is Suicide Awareness Month, But Mental H​ealth Is An Everyday Discussion

Mental illnesses deserve our attention 365 days a year.


September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present. Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments