From Your CRIT Counselor: Awareness is the Key

Depression and anxiety are common types of mood disorders. In many cases, people face both simultaneously.

It is normal to have days when we feel sad, unmotivated, or hopeless. When we have a terrible day, we get up the next day and keep moving forward. The problem comes when those emotions affect our daily lives. We should be concerned when we no longer care about our hygiene, and we frequently call in to work because we do not feel well or activities that we used to enjoy no longer bring us happiness or comfort.

Awareness of ourselves is key. Take time to recognize when you begin to feel symptoms of anxiety or depression. How is your body reacting? Is your heart beating faster? Do you get a headache or stomach ache? Maybe your palms become sweaty, or you have chest pains. Is your constant worrying causing you to lose sleep, decrease/increase your appetite, or become easily irritated? All of these are possible symptoms.

In a society where we constantly feel pressured to do more, be more, and have more, we may sometimes feel overwhelmed. Take time for yourself – time for medical check-ups, time with family and friends, time with nature, time for hobbies and activities you enjoy. If needed, talk to your doctor or seek professional therapy. Knowing we are not okay is the key to reestablishing emotional and mental well-being.