This year has been one of extreme stress, fear and changes, with many people losing work, losing loved ones, losing relationships as well as a myriad of other struggles. Therefore, it is no surprise that many Australians are noticing an impact on their mental health. However, it is difficult to know when you need to reach out for professional help – especially if you have not struggled with mental illness before. Furthermore, seeking support from a psychologist is often very nerve-racking and intimidating to many people. But, at Life Resolutions, we know that having support through difficult times like these can make a world of difference to a person. So, we encourage anyone to seek help if they need it – there really is nothing to lose.
Many people are experiencing changes in their thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and many of these changes represent symptoms of depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses. Some symptoms you may be feeling include:
- Feeling flat, sad, overwhelmed, disconnected and irritable
- Low energy and constantly feeling fatigued
- Low motivation or lack of interest
- Difficulty performing daily tasks
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feeling hopeless and helpless
- Withdrawing from the people around you
- Significant changes in appetite
- Reduced libido
- Excessive thoughts and worries
- Feeling restless and panicky
- Feeling scared about the future
- Denying reality
- Physical symptoms such as difficulty breathing, increased heart rate and stomach problems
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is first important to understand that this is a normal and human reaction to the stress and the uncertainty of living through a global pandemic. You are not damaged or broken. And, with the support of a psychologist, you can work through any difficulties you may be facing.
Understanding When to seek Professional Help
The decision to reach out is always up to you. However, at Life Resolutions, we encourage anyone to seek therapy if they believe that it would be of benefit to their life and ability to cope through these difficult times.
If you are experiencing any of the following feelings, we strongly urge you to consider psychological services.
- If you have been feeling flat, sad or depressed for an extended period of time (a few weeks or more)
- If you or others are concerned about any changes to your behaviour, personality or thoughts that you are experiencing
- If you’re feeling stuck or unable to manage negative thoughts and feelings
- If your feelings are getting in the way at home, at work or in your relationships
- If you’re wanting some practical suggestions to help you to cope
- If you have a history of mental health issues
- If you’re thinking about suicide or self-harm.
If you need immediate help, services like Beyond Blue and Lifeline are available 24/7. Otherwise, you can speak to one of our qualified psychologists at Life Resolutions to get yourself back onto the path towards mental wellbeing.
Mary Magalotti Life Resolutions
At Life Resolutions, we are committed to providing the opportunity for Australians to improve their mental health outcomes and regain control of their lives. To do this we rely on the feedback of our valued clients, so if you have any insights or feedback, feel free to contact us HERE.
If you would like to hear more about the journey of Life Resolutions or speak to Mary Magalotti, the Life Resolutions Principal Psychologist and Jodie Brenton, the Life Resolutions CEO and Founder, you are very welcome to get in touch. Or, head to the Life Resolutions website to discover more about Jodie Brenton and Mary Magalotti Life Resolutions work.
Contact Life Resolutions
T: 1300 668 256
1 Lincoln Rd, Essendon VIC 3040, Australia