Mental health ‘check in’ on your loved one
We always look out for the people we love—parents, partners, children, friends, and siblings. We take care of them when they fall in and take them to the hospital if they get hurt. So why not look out for their mental health as well? Read the blog ahead to know how to do that.
Some signs to look out for are your loved one feeling sad or low. They could show confused thinking patterns, less concentration, and extreme mood changes; some could withdraw from social situations. Physical symptoms include low energy or always tiredness, sleeping issues, inability to deal with problems, excess alcohol and drug use, changed eating habits, violent behaviour and suicidal thinking.
If you consistently see these signs in a loved one, try to talk about them. Ask what has happened and what the issue is. To do a simple checkup, these are a few tips:
- Look for the signs mentioned above. Observe their behaviour.
- Ask basic questions like how they are feeling.
- Listen to them carefully and patiently. Active listening is essential.
- Do not compare the issue with yourself or others.
- Offer encouragement and support.
- Ask them if you can help in any way.
- Have an open and honest discussion about your concerns.
- Don’t judge them.
- Bring this topic up only when you think it’s a good time to talk and when both of you are a bit relaxed and have time.
- If you think they might harm themselves or are exhausting themselves with their thoughts, seek professional help.
If you observe any of the mentioned signs and feel concerned about your loved one’s mental health, then suggest therapy. Motivate that person to speak to a professional and seek help. Take care of your loved one.