Here's How Being An Aries Could Affect Your Mental Health

It's great to be an Aries. A fire sign like Sagittarius and Leo, Aries exude confidence and determination, as well as passion, and are known for getting things done while being good-natured along the way (via Allure). The first sign in the zodiac, ruled by Mars, Aries are active and enthusiastic — those people born between March 21 and April 19 lead with their head, and are a real force to be reckoned with (via Astrology Zodiac Signs).

However, it's not all positivity (per Live About), as Aries have both positive and negative characteristics. Aries need to be on the go, constantly doing things, and can have something of a noteworthy temper. They can be impatient too, and have a need to be the best. This can have an impact on an Aries' mental health, contributing to anxiety or depression. Here's how being an Aries can affect your mental health, for better or for worse.

Managing mental health as an Aries

Being a fire sign, Aries may be less likely to fall into depression compared to other signs, but this doesn't mean that it couldn't happen. In an Aries, depression can gradually build up, according to Live About, pushing the person down and cutting them off from others. Per Your Tango, Aries can react badly to people making plans on their behalf, instead preferring to make decisions on their own. Should an Aries be ignored, however, the lack of validation can make them sink into depression, as Aries thrives on attention.

Meanwhile, Aries' need to do their own thing and lead the way can be a real trigger for anxiety. If an Aries feels unable to defend or express themselves, they'll experience "the greatest level of anxiety," per Astrology Studio. Being a fire sign, when Aries feel anxious, this anxiety can manifest itself differently than it does in other signs. The anxiety can produce feelings of anger, prompting them to go on the defensive. 

It can be tricky for an Aries to accept that they're struggling and ask for help, whether from family and friends, or a professional. However, there's nothing wrong with seeking help, so be sure to reach out to a therapist, or a trusted friend or relative if you need to. 

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, please contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741, call the National Alliance on Mental Illness helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), or visit the National Institute of Mental Health website.