Many people are struggling with their mental health during this pandemic. If you are in need of further help or advice the following services are available for support locally: Self-referral to Wellbeing Team 0300 303 0923, Access & Crisis Team 03005555001, Samaritans 116 123, NHS 111, www.mind.org.uk www.nhs.uk or alternatively contact your GP for a mental health review. Balance Street Practice.
Tiredness and Fatigue
Feeling exhausted is so common that it has its own acronym, TATT, which stands for “tired all the time”.
We all feel tired from time to time. The reasons are usually obvious and include:
But tiredness or exhaustion that goes on for a long time is not normal and can affect your ability to get on and enjoy your life.
Unexplained tiredness is one of the most common reasons for people to see their GP.
Some reasons you could be feeling tired might be:
-lumping in your seat
-cradling your phone
The more out of balance your spine is, the more your muscles have to work to compensate.
If you’re fretting about something all day long, your heart rate and blood pressure rise, and your muscles tighten, leading to fatigue and aches.
Try: setting aside some time to concentrate on your worries. Try to think of positive solutions, then put the worries out of your mind.
Regular exercise is good for you, but working out intensively every day may not be good for your energy levels, especially if you’re a beginner or trying to get back in shape.
Try: taking a day off between strenuous bouts of exercise. However, don’t leave more than 2 or 3 days between sessions, or you might fall out of the regular exercise habit.
Most people go through periods of feeling down, but when you’re depressed you feel persistently sad for weeks or months, rather than just a few days.
Some people think depression is trivial and not a genuine health condition. They’re wrong – it is a real illness with real symptoms. Depression isn’t a sign of weakness or something you can “snap out of” by “pulling yourself together”.
The good news is that with the right treatment and support, most people with depression can make a full recovery.
Depression affects people in different ways and can cause a wide variety of symptoms.
They range from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in the things you used to enjoy and feeling very tearful. Many people with depression also have symptoms of anxiety.
There can be physical symptoms too, such as feeling constantly tired, sleeping badly, having no appetite or sex drive, and various aches and pains.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe.
Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life – for example, you may feel worried and anxious about sitting an exam, or having a medical test or job interview. During times like these, feeling anxious can be perfectly normal.
However, some people find it hard to control their worries. Their feelings of anxiety are more constant and can often affect their daily lives.
Some symptoms of anxiety can be:
There are many things you can do yourself to try and help reduce your anxiety, such as:
Mental health can affect anyone at any time and in fact, one in four of us will have problems with our mental health at some point in our lives.
You don’t have to struggle through it alone, there is a wealth of information and support services available to you during this difficult time.
If you need to talk to someone right away, the Samaritans helpline is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year, for people who want to talk in confidence.
Call 116 123 (free).
Your local Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has launched a new range of mental health self-help guides which are available online or to download as an app. You can download the app for free by searching for South Cheshire CCG & Vale Royal CCG Self-help Guides in the Apple App Store or Google Play.