Does this sound like you?
- You long for some time and space to yourself – you feel you spend your life responding to the demands and needs of others
- Your emotions feel completely out of control at times – you may react angrily to relatively small incidents, or become very upset at others
- You’ve had to take some time off work because you’ve been overcome with stress or anxiety
- Whenever you try and move on in your life, things seem to go wrong and it feels like a never-ending uphill struggle
A recent survey by the Mental Health Foundation showed that most people faced with stress, anxiety or depression respond by either ‘doing nothing, just putting up with it’, ‘eating comfort or junk food’, or ‘spending more time alone’.
You may feel, that you can’t afford to invest in yourself, that somehow you don’t deserve it. You may ask yourself, who am I to spend money on improving my emotional health and mental wellbeing?
On the other hand, if you’re reading this you may have realised that if you want to feel better, want to make changes in your life, want to feel more in charge of your mental wellbeing, you have no choice but to invest in yourself.
The next problem is, how do you decide what’s right for you?
There are lots of options out there, some excellent, some charlatan, some downright dangerous. Do you try counselling, meditation, adult education, yoga, rambling, volunteering, holistic therapies?
What if you could find a way of assessing your own mental wellbeing to identify your strengths and areas you need to work on? What if you could find low cost, practical options to help – and also understand what kind of specialist help would really benefit you, rather than acting out of desperation?