13 Negative Consequences of Ignoring Your Mental Health
It’s becoming more and more socially acceptable to talk openly about mental health, and that’s something that certainly has to be celebrated. There are too many things that can go wrong if we don’t talk about these things and don’t get the help we need when experiencing mental health problems.
There are lots of unintended consequences that come from not opening up about or confronting your mental health issues. It might sound obvious, but it needs to be repeated: ignorance gets you nowhere with regards to your mental health. By not reaching out, you’re holding yourself back.
To help you realize just how important it is that you seek out the help you need, we’re going to look at some of the unintended consequences that come with ignoring your mental health issues. The reasons below serve to further stress the importance of making positive changes and getting the help you need to improve your life and your mental health.
Your Physical Health Can Be Impacted
If you’re not careful, you might find that your physical health is impacted by your mental health problems too. This is obviously not something you want to go through because it only makes an already tough problem even more difficult to confront. It’s up to you to make sure that you get the help to avoid the stress and anxiety leading to physical problems. These can involve heart problems and many other issues besides. Never forget that mental health problems don’t remain only mental.
The Temptation to Self-Harm
Many people who have depression and don’t seek help can eventually end up in a spiral that leads them to become tempted to self-harm or even experience suicidal thoughts. At this point, it becomes even more important to seek help because there are plenty or professionals out there that can help you to make sense of those thoughts and feelings so that they don’t override you and get to the point when you’re really tempted to act on them. You can’t be too careful when it comes to this kind of stuff.
Destructive behaviors can come in all shapes and sizes. Self-sabotage is not an uncommon response to feeling like your mental health problems are getting on top of you. You can start to feel so down that you feel like doing nothing other than destroying the things you’ve built for yourself in life. Of course, when thinking rationally, no one believes that this will actually achieve anything. But in the fog of poor mental health, that doesn’t matter. So it’s worth getting help before you experience anything like this.
Paranoia is one thing that’s typically associated with mental health problems. Of course, this won’t impact everyone or even most people, but paranoid thinking can start to creep in for some people as their mental state worsens. You should always do what you can to prevent this from becoming an issue. And if you find that people are pointing out your own paranoia to you, you should know that this is when you need to take action. Paranoia won’t get you anywhere and will only make your situation worse.
Feeling Tired and Exhausted
Mental health problems can leave you feel like everything’s getting on top of you and working against you. So maybe it’s also not surprising that getting tired quickly and easily can also be a big part of what it’s like to deal with mental health problems. You can feel exhausted by life in general, and no one wants to feel that way, so you should try to get help and stop feeling this way so often. It can be avoided if you’re willing to get help from the right people.
Lapsing Into Addiction Problems
When it feels like your mental health problems are insurmountable, it’s easy to turn to easy answers and convenient crutches. That’s when the risk of addiction can really come to the fore and start causing issues. It should be your main aim to avoid that because it will only make things worse in the long-term. If you are already noticing addictive tendencies, read more about it and seek help. Lapsing into addiction never helps your mental health, even if it feels like it does in the short-term.
Your Routines Won’t Remain Sustainable
Old routines can often keep people feeling balanced and stable, even when they’re going through mental health problems. But if you’re not seeking help or moving in the right direction with these problems, those old routines won’t keep you afloat forever. It’s risky to rely on things like this if it means you’re doing so at the expense of getting proper and long-lasting healthcare from people who know what they’re doing and what they’re talking about. So you certainly can’t use those routines and habits as substitutes for help.
Putting Strain on Those Around You
No matter how much you’re going through and experiencing, you probably don’t want to put strain on the people around you. These are the people you love and who mean the most to you in life. It’s never a good thing to have your own problems putting extra strain on them. By putting a lid on your problems and pretending they’re not there, you’re not helping your family and friends. In the long-term, you will actually be putting more strain on them as your problems worsen.
You’ll Push Friends Further and Further Away
Dealing with mental health problems can be pretty isolating at the best of times. If you start pushing friends away as so many people experiencing these things tend to, you will only make the predicament worse in the long-term. That’s obviously not what you want, so try not to get to the point where you start pushing friends away and generally rejecting their help because this does nothing to help you. It will only end up making your problems even more difficult to deal with.
Lacking Productivity and Motivation at Work
Your work life will also start to be affected by what you’re going through if you’re not careful. That’s probably not what you want to happen. But it’s the way these things tend to play out. You will start to become less productive because you lack motivation in life, and you will also not want to work with other people in the workplace so much because you’ll be starting to isolate yourself more. So get help before your work starts to suffer as a result of your mental health.
Putting Your Financial Stability at Risk
If your work suffers, your financial situation can start to suffer pretty soon after as well. This is not just about the potential of losing a job either. It’s also about paying bills on time and paying attention to the management of your money. These are the things of things that can suffer if you’re not paying attention to the financial side of life. And when your mental health problems get really bad, you’re probably not going to be paying as much attention to that stuff so much. That’s something that’s understandable, so you need to get help sooner.
Denying Yourself the Happiness You Deserve
Everyone deserve to happy in life, and if you’re not willing to get the help you need to overcome your mental health problems, that suggests that you’re willing to deny yourself that happiness. You will eventually get to the point at which you’re not really able to see why you should be happy. This is a classic sign that you need help from people who know what they’re doing. There’s no reason at all to believe that you don’t deserve to be happy. So make sure you don’t fall into this way of thinking.
Dragging Your Problems Out for Longer Than Necessary
Your problems can be treated and you can be helped, even if it sometimes feels like that’s not the case. That’s why it’s important not to drag things on for any longer than is necessary. By not getting help and doing something about the problems you’re dealing with, you will probably only drag your situation out for longer than you have to. In the end, that’s obviously not going to achieve anything for you and will only serve to make your life harder than it needs to be.
The consequences of ignoring your mental health are many and varied. The reasons above don’t represent all of them. The point here is this: your mental health is just as important as–if not more than–your physical health, and help is available. Your mental health requires nurturing and care. And there’s no shame in asking for help.
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