Sometimes life seems to conspire against us, and it can feel like everything is falling apart. The source of our stress may be something we can do nothing about, such as when a loved one passes away, or it could be something we can exert some control over. Either way, no matter how desperate our situation may seem to be, there are things to keep in mind that can help you cope.
You Are Not Alone
When it feels like everything is falling apart, you may feel like the world has abandoned you—but that is not the case. If you reach out, you will find that there are many ways you can connect with people who can help you. Sharing your burden with people who care about you can provide relief and restore a sense of hope and optimism.
Letting a loved one know what you’re going through is a good place to start. If you find it difficult to talk about your problems with a family member or spouse, you could instead talk to a trusted friend or acquaintance. Your physician or spiritual advisor may also be a good source to turn to. Just having a sounding board can be a big help in coping with many of life’s difficulties.
Seek Professional Help
While it’s not usually possible to completely eliminate stress, there are ways to make it easier to deal with. Seeking professional counseling may be a good option for you. Trained counselors can help you process your emotions and can provide help and guidance in finding ways to successfully handle stress.
Counselors are available who specialize in nearly every kind of problem. Therapists can help deal with bereavement, mental and physical health issues, financial strain, workplace stress and relationship issues. If you are struggling to cope, consider seeing a therapist who specializes in the area that presents the most stress to you.
Take Care of Your Mental Health
Everyone goes through periods from time to time when they feel down and struggle to manage their stress load. However, if you feel emotionally stressed for prolonged time periods or if you have suicidal thoughts, it is possible you are experiencing a mental health issue.
Mental health issues are nothing to be ashamed about. Mental illness is a broad term that describes disorders that affect your mood and the way you think and act.1 Mental health issues are probably more widespread than you think. In 2015, more than 43 million Americans aged 18 and older had a mental health issue within the previous 12 months.2
If you find it hard to stay positive or control your emotions, think about getting professional help. Look for facilities in your area that help people with problems like yours. Your physician can recommend useful outpatient programs that will help you to cope.