Signs of Mental Health

There are many ways to tell that your or your friends or family is experiencing poor mental health, and there are ways to help. 

Signs of Poor Mental Health

  • Not seeming like self
  • Not being social
  • Not participating in activities or hobbies that you/they used to enjoy
  • Poor school or job performance
  • Tired
  • Lack of appetite
  • Easily annoyed or angered
  • Unusual or disturbed sleep patterns (sleeping more or less than usual, interrupted sleep)
  • Excessive weight gain or loss
  • Lack of self care and physical appearance
  • Not caring about daily activities
  • Finding unusual correlations in life
  • Anxiety about daily life events or future events
  • Anxiety about possible situations in life
  • Drastic change in eating habits


Ways to Improve Mental Health

  • Practice self care
  • Mediate
  • Find a hobby and/or something that makes you happy and try to do it every day
  • Journal
  • Exercise
  • Read
  • Write
  • Paint, craft, or make art
  • Listen to or play music
  • Talk to a family member or friend. 
  • Talk to a doctor about your symptoms. 


It is ok to not feel ok – but you have to get help in order to feel better! You will feel better if you do this.


Information and images from are from or inspired by Living the Sweet Life with Diabetes: The Art of balancing insulin, diet, and exercise by Dr. Santosh Gupta, MD, MRCP (UK), CDE.  You can access the book here:

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