Through the corona pandemic, the world has been put to the test. It has required a lot from all of us, and we have had to make adjustments in everyday life. We have gained some new habits, and learned to be social in new ways. Then it is important to take a foot in the ground and feel how this affects us. Working with your own mental health is about how you feel, and how you can meet the challenges you may have.
Having to adjust can be tough.
Where in the past you may have been very active, you may now be anxious to gather in large crowds. Maybe you are stressed by the thought of having to resume all activities from before the pandemic. Maybe you are afraid that the good relationship you have created with your partner will be weakened by the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
When thoughts, feelings and behaviors change due to stress over time, it can be helpful to get input on the situation you are in.
A professional conversation partner can give you good help when thoughts and feelings affect you in everyday life or interfere with sleep.
If you experience discomfort, reduced activity level, or that you function less well at work or in private life, and that this drains you of energy and profits, we recommend that you seek help.
In case of severe and more acute mental symptoms, such as depression, substance abuse or psychosis problems and / or suicidal thoughts, we recommend that you contact your GP or psychiatric emergency room for prompt help.
If you contact a professional conversation partner, you can get guidance, support and advice on routines, structures, strategies and tools that can help you to a better everyday life.
Small grips can make a big difference.
Do I really need a psychologist?
There are probably many who think that they do not have "big enough" problems to seek this type of help. Many people find it easier to go to a doctor with a physical ailment than to go to a psychologist with a mental ailment. But it is just as important to take mental illness seriously.
Have you perhaps thought that "There are others who are worse off, I do not need a psychologist"? Then it is important to remember that it is your experience of your challenges that is the criterion for consulting a psychologist. Taking responsibility and seeking help when you feel you need it can also prevent bigger problems later.
The most important criterion for making contact is that you have something you want to work with.
The fact that others may feel worse does not mean that you have to suffer in silence. There is no one but yourself who decides if you want to benefit from talking to a psychologist. You should be proud to take on challenges related to mental health., It often requires a lot of effort from yourself.
Challenges a psychologist can help you with
There can be many different reasons to consult a psychologist. The psychologists at eClinic are ready to guide you to solve your challenges. They can help you improve your mental health.
If desired you can find more information and appointments on these pages.
In the list below you will see an overview of some of the challenges a psychologist can help you with:
Stress and worry
We humans are created to handle stress for shorter periods of time. If, on the other hand, you feel for long periods that life has too many demands, duties and tasks and that you have too little time to catch up, you may notice that stress is consuming.
Typical symptoms may be:
- The feeling of being stressed
- Feels like you have a heart in your throat / strong palpitations
- Does not feel exhausted
- Reduced sleep quality
- Stress affects cognitive functions such as memory, attention and concentration
Talking to a professional can help you determine the extent of the stress and its impact on you. Then you can get tools to work with, and help to avoid fatigue or burnout.
Internal restlessness / anxiety
If you have too many thoughts and worries in your head, this can take up a large part of your energy surplus. If you notice that your mind is characterized by negative spirals that increase inner turmoil and anxiety, it can be useful to take measures to get better.
Inner turmoil and worries can affect your sleep quality, which will prevent you from building up energy for tomorrow.
Ventilating your mind to a professional can be helpful. Using evidence-based methods, they can provide you with new tools and strategies for managing your train of thought.
It is natural that not all days are equally good. But if you notice over time that you feel sadness, lack of joy, desire for action and initiative, it can be good to talk to a professional who can guide you.
In such periods, one may have negative thoughts about oneself, others, and about the future. It is often difficult to make good choices for oneself, and many feel discouragement and meaninglessness. A professional can help you deal with the situation and prevent the condition from getting worse.
It is a common misconception that one must be alone to feel lonely. Loneliness is more a feeling of being alone, not having contact with others, not feeling seen. In the long run, this feeling can erode, and present more challenges with mental health.
Therefore, it is important to take steps to deal with this feeling.
Whether you feel the ripple effects of social isolation during the pandemic, a lonely everyday life at home office or a lack of close relationships and feel that loneliness can be hard to bear alone, it can be good to talk to someone who can advise you on measures you can make you.
Relationships can be difficult regardless of whether it is at work, in the family or in friendships. If you notice that the negative communication is consuming your mood, your energy or the life situation, it can be useful to get input from a neutral party who can offer new perspectives and communication strategies for the relationship (s) you want to improve.
You may not think that sleep disorders have a clear connection with mental health, but unless there is a clear physical cause behind them, they are often associated with other challenges. Sleep problems can be caused by mental challenges, but also aggravate the problems you are struggling with.
Challenges with sleep can affect your energy levels, mood and health. Sleep problems can be related to one or more of the sleep phases we go through. Examples are problems falling asleep, waking up often, poor sleep quality or not feeling rested.
A professional can help you analyze the sleep hygiene and routines you have today. This is how they can assist you with information about sleep needs and come up with useful suggestions for changes you can implement. You can also receive guidance during the change period.
Difficult, conflict-filled and challenging relationships and / or topics in your everyday work can be experienced as corrosive, negative and energy-intensive.
Then it can be good to talk to a professional about the circumstances. This is how you can get input on what you can do; communication style, feedback culture and relevant tools will be highlighted in such advice.
Self-management is important because in this way you take ownership of your own time and everyday life. It helps you live the life you want. Creating routines and structure that you can enjoy better with, facilitates that it will be easier to make good choices and implement what you want.
You can get good help to map and prepare changes for this.
Conversation therapy can be a great help if you have experienced a breakup, loss or betrayal in close relationships. Sharing the difficult thoughts and feelings is healing in itself, but it can also be helpful to get information about the different phases you often go through and how you can best deal with these.
Challenging periods in life can make us more uncomfortable, insecure and vulnerable. This can go beyond the self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence. If you want to strengthen your self-esteem, a conversation with a professional can help you along the way by giving you tools and strategies you can use.
When can it be helpful and when should you seek help?
Life will never be completely hassle-free, but you must never underestimate your ability to get through difficult situations in life. Mental health is not a static value, therefore you will always experience fluctuations.
It is therefore useful to distinguish between when it can be useful to go to a psychologist and when you should seek help.
Statistically, about half of the adult population will struggle with a mental illness such as anxiety or depression at some point in life. If the ailments are mild or moderate, most people are able to function well in everyday life.
If you have such mild or moderate challenges, it may still be the case that you notice that you have to use extra energy to handle everyday life.
In such situations, it is typical that you are able to go to work, at the same time as you notice that the mental challenges affect your quality of life. For example, by having little energy left over for other activities.
If you feel this way, it can be very useful to seek help to get help to reverse the negative trend.
Cases where you should seek help
If the problems grow bigger and become difficult to deal with, this is a sign that you should seek help.
This may, for example, be that you notice that your mental challenges bother you most days. It is especially important to seek help if your challenges affect school, work, and / or relationships.
By seeking out a professional interlocutor, you can get help to work your way through discouragement and the feeling of being stuck in a situation you do not want.
The important thing to keep in mind is that we will all have difficult and painful periods during our lives. Over time, we often manage to master these ourselves, often with the help of family and friends, or colleagues.
If this support does not feel sufficient, or if you are unable to find constructive solutions, this is a sign that you should seek professional help. It is important to remember that friends and family do not have the same skills as a psychologist or therapist.
How many hours you need to turn the situation around depends on the severity of the problems.
Some signs that it may be helpful for you to see a psychologist are if you:
- Experience that you struggle in everyday life
- Feel the need to clean up things in your life
- Need to talk to someone about your life situation
- Have one or more problems you think a psychologist can help you with
- Want to be more confident in yourself
- Desire to learn about methods and tools to prevent both physical and mental illness in the future
Signs that may indicate that you should seek help for mental health challenges are whether you:
- Feeling downcast and depressed most of the time over an extended period of time
- Experience that your challenges limit you in school, work or social contexts
- Observes major behavioral changes; For example, withdrawing from the social, isolation or stopping doing things you normally enjoy and are interested in
- Have a constant feeling of stress that makes it difficult to relax
- The feeling of being constantly physically and mentally tired for no apparent reason
- Feeling trapped in negative thinking or spending too much time worrying and pondering
- Experiencing major and long-lasting changes in sleep and eating patterns
- Have experienced a crisis or been exposed to trauma that does not go away
Only you live your life, and it is you who decides. You have to ask yourself this: How do I feel and how do I want to feel?
Why choose a psychologist through eClinic?
At eClinic, we work with skilled psychologists and therapists who can give you good help with your challenges. You can book an hour at a time that suits you, and the hour is conducted as a video consultation.
This is an opportunity we at eClinic are very keen to offer. Especially because we know that the desire and need to talk to a psychologist is greater than what the public health service can manage to cover.
Do you have problems related to mental health? Then we have only one request:
Take on your challenges, book an appointment!