Help and advice: Is it normal?
Answers to your questions around mental health
Is it normal to question
Sexuality and sexual orientations are part of a spectrum, and it’s very common for people to question their sexuality. Sexual orientation is all about attraction, and whether you’re gay, straight, bisexual or asexual, it’s entirely normal to question how you feel towards others.
Since 2020, it appears that many of us have been have been thinking and reflecting on how we feel. This is shown in the increased amount of searches about sexuality.
If your sexuality has affected your experiences or relationships in a negative way, this can cause a negative impact on your mental health. It's important to share your experiences with someone trusted, whether
it's a friend, family member or a mental health professional.
Is it normal to cry everyday?
When we're going through a difficult time, it's natural for our emotions to overwhelm us.
With the right treatment and support, most to many people can and will recover. Even if you live with a long-term recurring mental health condition, you could still be covered with Bupa's mental health insurance.
If you have Bupa health insurance and you’re worried that you might have depression or anxiety, please call us on 0808 115 5285^.
Is it normal to fall out of love?
Not feeling the same way about a person you previously loved can be quite scary. You may feel as though you no longer enjoy spending time with them, but you still care about them.
People fall out of love for many different reasons. It could be a change in circumstances, being together every day, or spending more time apart may have added extra strain on a relationship. It’s entirely natural to outgrow each other or drift apart.
It’s not something you have to face alone. You can check out our mental health hub for information on how mental health affects relationships, and how relationships affect mental health
Is it normal not to dream?
You may have spoken to friends who had especially vivid dreams during lockdown periods. If you're worried that you haven't had any dreams at all, it's worth knowing that you can have healthy REM (rapid eye movement) sleep without dreams, or dream during the night but forget the dream as soon as you wake up.
If you can’t remember having a dream, but you're sleeping well, then there's probably nothing to worry about.
However, if you've been struggling to sleep for some time, it is advisable to speak to your GP as there are some physical and mental health conditions that can lead to sleep difficulties. You can find free help and advice about sleep on our Mental Health Hub, and if you have Bupa mental health cover, you can call us on 0808256 1766^.
Is it normal to be jealous?
Jealousy is a human emotion and it is entirely natural to feel it.
Whether you’re jealous in your relationships, of your friends or people online, it’s okay to feel that way sometimes, but it can become unhealthy if it persists and affects your relationships.
If you’re jealous of someone that’s close to you, it’s good to talk to them about it, and try to understand why you’re feeling that way. Keeping this emotion to yourself can cause a lot of stress and anxiety.
If your jealousy is making you feel angry, there's evidence that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) can help to break negative thought patterns.
Is it normal to talk to yourself?
Not only is talking to yourself common, it can be good for your mental health.
Talking to yourself slows down your thoughts and allows you to process them, giving you time to think before you act.
Talking in a positive way can also improve your self-esteem, so be kind to yourself.
However, if you feel that talking to yourself has a negative knock-on effect for your mental health, practising mindfulness can help to reduce your stress levels and prevent depression and anxiety.
Is it normal to cry?
If you're faced with a big life event, or something that puts you under lots of pressure, it can affect you both physically and mentally, and can even cause changes in your behaviour.
If you feel like you should or want to cry and you're not able to, it might be a sign of an underlying mental health condition, like depression. Talking about these feelings with a mental health professional or somebody close to you can help to get to the bottom of them and pave a path forward.
Find a mental health professional near you
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