Emotional and physical wellness is important in your journey to preventing yourself from taking drastic measures. Realizing and accepting that you have a problem is the first step in the process of getting well. Many people will spend their time in denial, and if you’re not ready to share with anybody as yet, that’s acceptable, too.
But make sure that you follow the steps, and as soon as the time comes, be ready to open up and ask for help.
Emotional and physical wellness
When your mind is on a bumpy road, it’s important to keep your emotional wellbeing, and your physical wellbeing in check. Suicide prevention is a difficult road, make sure that you’re being attentive to your own thoughts, behaviors, and feelings.
Keep a journal of activities and events that have made your mood swing drastically. Perhaps you might have been on an emotional high and one phone call sent you into a downward spiral. Keep notes of these happenings, and record just how they made you feel and what changes occurred as a result.
Don’t feel guilty or ashamed if a situation makes you feel or behave a certain way. Physically, it is important that you focus on the small things. Maintain a healthy diet and stay hydrated. If your body is not feeling well, it is likely that your emotional state will soon follow.
According to Statistics Canada’s 2012 Canadian Community Health Survey (CCHS) on Mental Health, 5,4% of the Canadian populations aged 15 years and over reported symptoms that met the criteria for a mood disorder. So remember, you are far from alone in your journey.
Know the signs
There is an unprecedented connection between substance abuse and suicide. If you find you are:
- Hoarding medication and alcohol
- Overusing pain medication or other prescribed medication
- Drinking way above your average alcohol intake
Seeking help for your addiction is going to put the right foot forward for preventing emotional breakdown and suicide.
Among substance abuse problems, there are a few other suicide warning signs you need to be mindful of:
- Withdrawing from social activities
- Isolating yourself from family and friends
- Drastic changes in your sleep patterns
- Saying elaborate goodbyes to family and friends
If you recognize the signs, and you’re aware of your behavior on a daily basis, you’ll know when is the right time to seek help.
Asking for help is possibly the most difficult step in preventing suicide. People often find it difficult to open up and talk to the people closest to them. You need put your fears and nervousness aside and talk to someone. Explain to them how you’re feeling, the prevention steps you’ve taken and the warning signs that you’re showing.
Opt for someone who shows signs of love and support.
The journey to emotional wellness and a new lease on life is not an easy one. You’ll need to make a conscious decision every time you wake up in the morning that you’re going to continue fighting for your well-being and a stress-free life. You can do this.
This article is a guest post by Melissa Howard, Head of Prevention Outreach at StopSuicide.info. To see their website, click here.