5 Things to Consider When You’re Not Feeling Like Yourself
From your health to your relationships, work and money, there are a lot of things that can affect your happiness. It’s important for us to know and accept that, and learn to deal with whatever life throws our way. That can sometimes often be easier said than done.
In order to do this, you need to recognize what you’re facing–especially when it comes to your health and wellbeing. Below are a few areas to consider when you’re not feeling like yourself.
First of all, if you notice you’re feeling a little rough around the same time every month, then it may be your hormones. You may want to start keeping a record of how you’re feeling throughout the month, and perhaps discuss those specifics with your doctor. Adjustments to medication–birth control pills, for example–can be helpful. Your doctor may also recommend a few proactive measures you can take to avoid
Your physical health can influence your mental health, and vice versa. If you’re feeling low, unmotivated, anxious, etc. and you notice these feelings are interfering with your day-to-day activities, it’s important to take a closer look. It may be anything from temporary life stressors to the onset of mental illness. There’s a large spectrum of issues to consider, and it’s best to sit down with a doctor to do that. When you do, keep in mind, your physical symptoms–fatigue, for example-are just as important to bring into the conversation as your other symptoms.
Your mindset makes a big difference in your general wellbeing too. If you tend to be negative and pessimistic, and continually doubt yourself, it will take a toll on your self-esteem and your mental health. Making the effort to see the good in life, and being a bit more positive will make make a difference in how you feel.
Your diet is another area to take consider when you’re not feeling well. What you put in your mouth directly affects how you feel–both physically and mentally. Choose wisely because what you eat affects your mood. If you’ve been feeling sluggish and low latesly, take a close look at your diet. Are you eating veggies and fruits? Or are you eating crap? You’ll notice a change in both your mental and physical health when you make a conscious effort to eat healthier.
You may also want to acknowledge sources outside yourself. Your relationships, for example, are a place to look for conflict. The stress of a struggling relationship is a very real factor in your wellbeing.
If your relationship has become toxic, consider minimizing the effect of that relationship on your life by simply distancing yourself. If your relationship is worth salvaging, try to make amends and move forward. Holding onto that negativity is detrimental to your health. It’s much healthier to process your emotions and move forward, although that can be easier said than done.
When you’re not feeling like yourself, it’s human nature to try to determine why. Looking at some of the more common issues and somewhat-easier fixes may save you time and undue stress–and help you feel better quickly.
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