Depression

Depression is commonly known as a persistent feeling of sadness and a loss of interest that affects our mood. One can also experience clinical depression that affects how you feel, think, and behave and can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems.


 

What are common signs?
 

  • Feeling anxious or afraid
     

  • Feeling lonely or isolated
     

  • Feeling totally helpless
     

  • Lack of family support
     

  • Breakup of a relationship
     

  • The pressure to always do well
     

  • Feeling constantly judged 
     

  • Can’t sleep or get out of bed

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Anxiety

Anxiety is a feeling of unease that may show as worry or fear which can be mild or severe. Anxiety can arise during change in life circumstances such as a death, financial worry, or work-related stress.

 

It is our body’s natural response when experiencing worry or discomfort that may lead a ‘fight, flight or freeze’ reaction.

What are common signs?
 

  • Uncontrollable over-thinking
     

  • Difficulties concentrating
     

  • Feeling irritable
     

  • Problems with sleep
     

  • Change in appetite
     

  • Feelings of dread or panic

 

Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to a terrible event that can lead to shock or denial and long-term reactions include unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, or strained relationships.

It may diminish a person’s sense of self and the ability to feel the full range of emotions and experiences.


What are common signs?
 

  • Inconsistencies in characteristics or behaviour
     

  • Presence of other mental health conditions
     

  • Emotional or psychological responses 

Coping and management 

Developing coping skills and ways of managing mental health is important in order to build a sustainable lifestyle no matter how mentally healthy you are at present. It is important to note that coping mechanisms look different from person to person.

 

The most important thing is to find ways that work best for you and your mental health and wellbeing.
 

Common coping mechanisms
 

  • Practicing meditation and relaxation techniques
     

  • Spending quality time with friends and family
     

  • Forming healthy exercise and eating habits
     

  • Having time to yourself
     

  • Engaging in spirituality
     

Emotional wellbeing is being able to manage our feelings – both the good and the bad ones so that they don’t impact our lives negatively.
 

Developing ways in managing emotional wellbeing is important in order to feel more in control of emotions while living a more balanced and fulfilled life.
 

Benefits of emotional wellbeing
 

  • Good health
     

  • Effective learning
     

  • Good relationships
     

  • Productivity and creativity
     

  • Improved understanding of self
     

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