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  • Writer's pictureBrittany Boudreaux

How to recognize when you need support

It's normal to feel overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious from time to time. But if you're struggling to cope with your emotions, or if they're starting to interfere with your daily life, it's important to reach out for support.

Here are some signs that you may need support:

  • You're feeling overwhelmed or stressed on a regular basis.

  • You're having trouble sleeping or concentrating.

  • You're withdrawing from friends and family.

  • You're using drugs or alcohol to cope with your emotions.

  • You're having thoughts of harming yourself or others.

If you're experiencing any of these signs, it's important to talk to someone you trust, such as a friend, family member, therapist, or doctor. They can help you to develop coping mechanisms and get the support you need.

Here are some tips for finding support:

  • Reach out to a friend or family member. Sometimes, all you need is a shoulder to cry on or someone to listen to you vent.

  • Join a support group. There are support groups for all sorts of issues, including mental health, addiction, and chronic illness.

  • Seek professional help. A therapist can teach you coping skills and help you to work through your challenges.

It's important to remember that you're not alone. Millions of people struggle with mental health issues each year. And there are many people who care about you and want to help.

Here are some additional tips for recognizing when you need support:

  • Pay attention to your body. Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, and fatigue can be signs of stress or anxiety.

  • Notice your thoughts and feelings. If you're having negative thoughts or feelings on a regular basis, it's important to take note.

  • Talk to your loved ones. Ask them how they're doing and if there's anything you can do to help. Be open to sharing your own struggles with them.

  • Take care of yourself. Make sure you're getting enough sleep, eating healthy foods, and exercising regularly. These things can help to improve your mood and reduce stress.

If you're unsure whether you need support, it's always better to err on the side of caution and reach out for help. There is no shame in asking for help, and it can make a big difference in your life.


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