Very few people sail through life without setbacks and challenges. For those times in your life when you need help dealing with an emotional or psychological issue, or when you’re coping with a temporary but tough situation, there are lots of resources you can turn to. There may even be times when you have a wonderful change in your life, such as the birth of a new baby or a job promotion, and you need some help adjusting to these positive changes, as well.
While it may be tempting to ride out a tough situation alone, sometimes you may simply need someone to talk to. Ask yourself how you’re being affected by what you’re coping with. Are you sleeping well? Do you feel stressed? Has your appetite changed? Are your personal relationships being affected? Are you unable to perform at your best level at work?
If you feel like your life and work are being affected by something in your life, it may be time to seek out help from someone. Whether you talk to a professional mental health expert or a good friend, talking to someone about your problems is an important first step to solving them.
When it comes to people and places you can turn to in times of need, your first and best options are often friends and family members. They know you and can listen and offer advice and support in times of change or crisis.
There may also be resources available through your work. Many workplaces have employee assistance programs (EAPs) that offer confidential access to mental health professionals who are there specifically to help you deal with a variety of issues that may come up in your life, whether it’s concern about an aging parent, depression or anxiety, relationship or financial problems, or even problems with alcohol or other substances. They’re trained to deal with a wide range of issues that can affect employees, and if they can’t help you, they will refer you to another resource that can. Another big bonus of EAPs is that the cost is usually covered by the employer. Check with your employer’s human resources manager to find out if these services are available to you.
You can also seek out counseling or psychotherapy on your own. Whether you need to speak to someone about a short-term problem or need help dealing with ongoing issues, talking to a professional may be a good option. Social workers, psychologists, psychotherapists, and psychiatrists are all options to choose from when you’re looking for someone to help you work out a problem or situation.
One of the most important things you can do as you try to work through your situation or problem is to stay in contact with the support person or counselor. That might mean checking in regularly to track your progress or keeping scheduled appointments. If you’ve been prescribed medication or advised to try certain alternative treatments (say, taking a yoga class to relieve stress or improving your diet to feel more energized), do your best to follow through so you can balance the challenges and the rewards of your personal and professional life.
This material is intended for informational use only and should not be construed as medical advice or used in place of consulting a licensed medical professional. You should consult with your doctor.
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