A recent poll conducted by Sky News and YouGov reported that nearly a third of people said they felt more depressed about the rising cost of living than six months ago, with many people not even realising that stress from rising costs was affecting their mental health.
It can sometimes be difficult to spot signs that you are struggling, with many people not seeking help until they have reached rock bottom. Though when ‘one of those days’ starts to turn into one of those months, it’s important to talk to someone.
The team at Insight IAPT, an East Midlands NHS talking therapies provider, highlights the common signs that may indicate someone is struggling with their mental health.
Becoming distant from friends and family
A support network of loved ones is important but if your contact has become less, it could be a sign of isolation and that you’re struggling with your mental health.
Rising costs means that many are meeting with friends and family less often, which can lead to isolation and loneliness. We see a problem shared as a problem solved, so if you feel comfortable talking to friends and family about your feelings, they can help support you when you need it most.
Drinking and smoking
When the world feels like it’s becoming too much, turning to alcohol or smoking can feel like a relief, even if it’s just for a moment. However, if you’re reaching for pints and cigarettes more frequently, you may want to consider seeking support.
The after-effects of alcohol and smoking can significantly impact your mental health and overall wellbeing, so keeping your intake to a healthy amount will play a big part in keeping your mind clear.
Everyone has a sleepless night now and then but if you’re spending more time awake, you could be struggling.
Sleep helps us to rest and switch off our minds but worries such as rising costs can make that difficult. We offer free support to help relieve some worries, so you can have a good night’s sleep.
Aches and pains
Struggling with your mental health can also lead to physical symptoms such as muscle pains and headaches. If you are starting to notice aches and pains with no apparent reason, it might be time to seek support.
Our team at Insight IAPT can help you work on the issues leading to aches and pains, helping you to create a long-term plan to better manage your wellbeing.
Feeling hopeless, worthless and helpless
Everyone has days when we feel blue but if that is stretching to every day and you’re finding it impossible to find a way out, our team is here to help.
Financial pressures can leave you feeling there is no light at the end of the tunnel but speaking to someone can help to ease those struggles and offer you ways to focus your thoughts on things you can control.
Get more support
If you feel that you’re struggling, it’s important to get the right support.
We offer free NHS talking therapies that can help you feel like yourself again. Find out more and get started at www.insightiapt.org, or call our friendly team on 0300 555 5582.