Have you ever experienced a rough couple of weeks because of your mental health? Could you tell when your mental health started getting bad? Can you tell when your mental health will get better?
Well then, let’s take a look at some signs that show that your mental health will get better.
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Greater interest in activities.
When your mental health was poor, did it make it difficult for you to be engaged in regular activities? Did your interest in things begin to decline?
A lack of interest or pleasure in things you usually love is one of the defining characteristics of declining mental health. As you begin to feel better, you will become more interested in and enjoy your typical activities. It’s possible that the food will start to taste better, you’ll start playing your usual games, you’ll read more or get started on your old hobbies.
Feeling less overwhelmed.
Do you tend to feel overwhelmed or experience a ton of emotions all at once? Are you starting to feel a little less overwhelmed lately?
When you’re feeling low or inadequate to fulfill your usual tasks, everything can seem challenging. When your mental health is better, you begin to feel more in control of your daily tasks and can respond to issues as they arise.
More normal appetite.
Have you noticed a change in appetite? Maybe you eat more or less than what you usually ate?
These changes could be because of poor mental health. However, as you feel better, your appetite will begin to return to normal, whether it was increased or decreased. You will find that food to be more tempting and delightful. You may also find it simpler to withstand foods that you previously struggled to avoid while you were down.
Does your self-image start to deteriorate when you aren’t feeling the best?
One of the horrible characteristics of poor mental health is that it causes us to believe all kinds of awful things about ourselves, such as, I am “worthless,” “a loser,” or “pathetic,” all of which, of course, feeds the despair.
When your mental health is getting better you begin to question the lies that your troubled mind tells you as you’re connected with your basic sense of self-worth, and you see yourself in a more loving and genuine light.
Hygiene and grooming.
Are you beginning to improve your hygiene and grooming habits that may have changed when your mental health was bad?
When you aren’t feeling like your best self it may be hard for you to keep tabs on your hygiene. You may be experiencing several emotions or dealing with tons of thoughts. In all of that your hygiene and grooming habits may have taken a backseat.
Taking regular showers, trimming your hair and beard, brushing your teeth, combing your hair are all signs that your mental health will get better.
When your mental health is poor, it tends to make it hard to think and concentrate on not only your thoughts but also everything around you.
If you notice that you are finding it easier to follow a conversation or the plot of a book, and in general, are able to concentrate better, then your mental health is probably getting better.
Along with more interest in activities, our energy also begins to increase. This increase in energy can help you do more things you care about, which further helps in improving your mood.
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Seth J. Gillihan Ph.D. (February 7, 2018). How Do you Know When Your Depression Is Improving? Retrieved July 15, 2021.