It doesn’t need us to tell you how important it is to talk these days.
In a world fuelled with anxiety and uncertainty, a lot is going on underneath the surface for many of us. But they say a problem shared is a problem halved, and talking certainly can help.
However, so few of us actually do that, and we can often be notified when something isn’t quite right with a loved one, but they feel unable to share.
Often you can pick up certain things from habits and behaviour, and while you may know something isn’t quite right, you can’t quite put your finger on what that is. However, there can often be tell-tale signs.
While this of course isn’t an exact science, below we’ve highlighted a few things that could be going on in the current climate…
The cost of living crisis is certainly hitting people hard and many people have been plunged into financial difficulties because of it. Largely through no fault of their own.
There are a number of signs someone could be struggling with money, including:
- A sudden change in spending habits
- Declining physical or mental health
- An increase in letters coming through the door (often payment reminders)
- Avoiding any correspondence, so leaving letters unopened or avoiding answering calls.
- Cancelling plans
- Uncomfortable talking about money
The financial aspects of the above are certainly tell-tale signs, and the knock-on effect of that is certainly a depreciation in mental and physical health.
Addiction is more common than ever before too, with millions of people worldwide suffering from alcohol and drug dependency.
Many drug rehab clinics around the country are at capacity and treating people of all ages, but so many people are still not getting the help they need.
Among the signals that a loved one may be suffering from addiction includes:
- Secrecy and lying often
- Mood swings
- Change in appearance
- Loss of interest in hobbies, increased attraction to what they’re addicted to
- They’ll become unreliable
If you do believe a loved one is suffering from addiction, then you should confront them carefully and in a supportive manner to try and get them the help they need.
Anxiety And Depression
Of course, anxiety and depression can be the results of the above or indeed creep out of nowhere. It isn’t easy to spot, and it can be the reason so many people lose loved ones without even realising it.
However, there are changes that can be noticed, including:
- Loss of interest in activities. People will often lose the ability to feel joy and pleasure.
- Appetite or weight change. A 5% change in body weight over the course of a month will often suggest something isn’t quite right.
- Reckless behaviour.
All of these things can add up to something not being ok with your loved one, and getting help for them can be useful, as well as just being there as someone to talk to.
Getting to the root of the problem is a must, and this will often require professional help, so do not be afraid to push them in that direction as you look to ensure you get your loved one back to being happy, healthy and the person you know and love.