As the hours of daylight are becoming shorter, particularly as daylight savings time end on 30 October in Europe, you may experience a lack of energy or even low mood. You are not alone.
These symptoms are known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and were discussed in one of our previous blogs.
On Monday 10 October, the Federation of Mental Health is holding its annual World Mental Health Day, providing an opportunity to discuss mental health matters, as well as raising the importance of talking to someone or seeking help if you are struggling or finding life difficult.
The NHS provides guidance and advice on mental health, as well as information on how to access psychological therapies services, known as Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) services. You can either self-refer or ask you GP to refer you.
So, what is mental health?
Mental health is a state of well-being in which an individual realises their own potential and copes with normal life situations and the stress those situations can generate. Common causes of stress are personal relationships, including divorce and bereavement; financial difficulties; work; and health problems to name but a few.
A mentally healthy person can contribute to their community and work productively. Mental health is therefore a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and is not merely the absence of mental disorders.
How to maintain good mental health
Establishing a good work/life balance will help towards promoting mental well-being. Practise:
having positive and meaningful connections with other people.
being physically active.
getting enough sleep.
adopting a healthy diet.
developing coping and stress management skills.
To sum up, it is natural for mental health to fluctuate throughout life. Feeling more depressed during the autumn and winter months or being distressed after a stressful event is normal. However, when stressful experiences are beyond a person’s ability to cope and adapt, they may be at risk of developing a mental health disorder.
Remember, you are never alone; if you feel in those difficult times that you cannot talk to your family and friends, professional help is at hand.
Be kind and compassionate towards yourself and others.
If you or any other person have any medical concern, consult with a healthcare professional. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something that you have read on this blog or in any linked materials. This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to replace medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Every person is different and may react to different herbs and teas differently. Never use teas or herbs to treat serious medical conditions on your own. Always seek professional medical advice before choosing home remedies.