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The Gentlemen’s Curb

It’s The Gentlemen’s Curb a lifestyle blog where fashion meets fitness in a BIG way. We are back to share some information with you! Read this post carefully, the information that is being shared is necessary. We are presented with challenges throughout our entire lives, and each season of our life will have problems to overcome. When it comes to mental health, there are issues that can affect people of all ages, and so whether you’re trying to take care of your own mental health or want to know the best ways to look after friends and family- here are a few things to bear in mind.

 

In Early Life

I was once assumed that children didn’t suffer from mental health issues, however, modern research has shown consistently that this isn’t the case. Children can suffer from lots of types of mental health disorders, and so it’s important to keep an eye on this as parents and caregivers. Poor mental health in children is often a reflection of what’s going on in their daily lives, it can come about due to death in the family, abuse, bullying or other issues. In some cases, homeschooling can be an answer here as there’s no pressure from peers and children can learn at their own pace. It’s not about wrapping them up in cotton wool, but instead tailoring their education and surroundings to suit their needs. Some children are particularly sensitive, and so socializing with other children and learning some of the skills that would be learned in school is best done outside of the classroom. There are lots of helpful resources out there for homeschooling these days, check out Well-Trained Mind core subjects for example. Thanks to the internet it’s easy to ensure their goals and milestones are being met and you have access to all the information you need.  Children need a stable environment which means a home that’s safe and not constant arguments, and a school where they have friends and aren’t being bullied regularly. They also need their physical health needs met which include a healthy diet and exercise. Make it fun for them, get them involved in cooking and learning about different ingredients. Exercise should be enjoyable- playing sports, running around the park, jumping on a bouncy castle or trampoline or having a water fight are all examples. It doesn’t have to be a formal exercise, just anything to get them burning off energy, using their muscles and getting their heart rate up. If you have suffered a bad or traumatic childhood, seeking therapy and advice later in life can help you to overcome certain issues.

 

In Adolescence and Adulthood

For most people, any mental health issues that they are predisposed to will start to show symptoms in adolescence or early adulthood. These include hereditary conditions or brain chemical imbalances like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. One explanation of this is because adolescence it’s a time of growth, and lots of changes are happening in the brain and the body. It can also be a result of lifestyle changes, such as taking drugs or alcohol which can both bring on certain mental health conditions if a person is predisposed to them already. During adulthood, many people suffer from anxiety and/ or depression at one time or another and that’s usually a result of the pressures of daily life. We’re told we need to grow up, get a good job, be successful, find the right partner and have lots of things done and accomplished by certain milestones. While of course all of us are on our own path, it’s easy to succumb to the pressures put on us as adults and it can lead to mental health issues. It might be the time many of us experience things like death, heartbreak, and betrayal for the first time and all of these things can be upsetting and have a knock-on effect for a while. Taking care of our mental health in adolescence and adulthood can include things like finding healthy ways to cope when times are bad. It could be getting lost in a good book for a while, treat yourself to a spa day or just a bubble bath or do some exercise. Being out in the world and navigating life alone for the first time can be scary, but don’t isolate yourself. Reach out and speak to loved ones about the way that you feel when things are rough. If it continues and you feel as though you’re not coping well, it’s important that you take responsibility for your mental health by seeking help. Your GP will be very understanding and be able to give you the best advice tailored to you. It could be medication, counseling or even just lifestyle changes that they recommend.

 

In Later Life

If you suffer from a mental health issue in adulthood, this won’t just go away in later life- conditions like schizophrenia, for example, can be treated but not cured so you will need to continue with medication for these illnesses. Depression and anxiety can also recur, and this can sometimes be a particular issue for elderly people. Those who live by themselves can feel very lonely, and some people can have anxiety about things like falling and not being able to call for help. They might get anxious about their loved ones dying or feel depressed about those that have passed. For elderly people, having a good support network is one of the best ways to keep on top of their mental health. Loved ones will notice when there are changes in their habits or behavior that require medical attention. For example, dementia is often spotted early on by family members due to subtle changes in personality or increased forgetfulness. There are lots of schemes that can help older adults stay social and independent these days. These can include visits from volunteers, home help where nurses visit them in their home or retirement villages. This allows people to live independently but they can easily call for help using a special device if something were to happen. Some older adults can find their mental health declines if they go into a nursing home, and so in this case keeping their independence is key.