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Mental Health Check-In

Updated: Feb 15, 2023

Introduction

When it comes to our mental health, one of the best things we can do is be aware of how it affects us. Awareness is key for making healthy choices about our mind and body. If you are aware of your mental health, you will be more prepared to take care of your mind, body, and soul. Here are some ways to stay mentally healthy:


Try to Surround Yourself With Positive People

It's important to not only surround yourself with positive people, but also be a positive influence on the people around you. It can be difficult to know how to do this, but it's easier than it sounds. First of all, look at your own behaviour and make sure you're not being negative in any way. If you are, try to find out why that might be and change whatever behaviour could be contributing negatively. Second: identify the people who seem like they're happy and upbeat most of the time—these are probably good candidates for being positive influences on others (and vice versa).

It may help if you spend some time thinking about what "positive" means for YOU specifically; what makes others feel good around YOU? What do other people say about how THEY feel when they're around YOU? Think about which qualities YOU want other people to see in themselves by being around YOU!


Find a Coping Method That Works for You

Finding a coping method that works for you can be an overwhelming task. Luckily, there are many methods you can use to get through your tough days and nights. Some people find it helpful to talk with friends or family members, while others keep themselves busy by doing things they enjoy. As you search for a coping method that works for you, consider these tips:

  • Talk with your family and friends about what kind of support they can offer during difficult times. This will help them know how best to support you when needed.

  • Write down thoughts and feelings as a way of releasing them from your mind without having to vocalize them. You may also find it helpful to doodle or write down lists of things that make you happy!

  • When feeling discouraged or sad, try going outside in nature—for example, take a walk around the block or go hiking in the mountains near town—as nature has been proven effective at reducing stress levels!

Create a Healthy and Sustainable Routine

The first step to creating a healthy routine is determining what you need. What do you want? Do you wish to go on a walk, read a book, meditate and journal, or call your best friend?

Once you have that figured out, schedule it into your day. This will help ensure that your self-care practice becomes part of your everyday life—even if only for an hour or two each day.

Next comes sticking with it! As tempting as it may be to skip out on meditation in favour of watching television or reading the latest celebrity gossip online (or whatever else takes precedence), try not to give in so easily. Although these activities seem harmless enough at first glance, they can quickly become addictive and detrimental in their own ways when overindulged in too much—just like any other activity is capable of becoming when one spends too much time doing it without taking breaks from time-to-time! So stick with what works for now: You'll know when the time has come for change once again!


Target Your Triggers

You may be familiar with triggers. Triggers are things that make you feel angry, sad or anxious, causing those feelings to return. For example, the smell of perfume can remind you of your Mum, who passed away when you were young. This smell might remind you of how much she missed birthdays and holidays, which makes you sad and angry at the same time.


The first step towards getting better is learning about your triggers so that you can avoid them as much as possible and cope with them when they happen anyway!


Establish a Strong Support System

The importance of establishing a support system in your life cannot be overstated. Studies have shown that people with strong support systems experience lower levels of stress and anxiety, and they’re less likely to develop mental illnesses like depression or bipolar disorder.

If you already have a strong support system, congratulations! However, if you don’t, there are several things you can do to build one up:

  • Reach out to friends who understand what it is like being in your shoes (and who aren’t afraid to poke fun at themselves every now and then).

  • Try attending group therapy sessions. These can be as informal as meeting up at someone's house after school or work once per week for coffee; more formal options include online forums where users share their own experiences with mental health issues such as eating disorders or depression; these can also help those suffering from such conditions feel less alone by allowing them access to other people who've been there themselves.

Make Time for Fun and Enjoyment of Life

  • Make time for fun and enjoyment of life. You can have fun by spending time with friends, family or even alone. Enjoyment of life is important because it helps you to relax and forget about your problems.

  • Avoid taking on too much at once, especially if you're feeling depressed or stressed out. If possible, try to cut back on work hours or workload while having someone else take over some responsibilities temporarily so that they don't pile up when you're ready to start getting back into things again. This will also help prevent burnout when working through depression symptoms like lack of motivation as well as feelings such as despair from becoming overwhelming again later down the road (which could result in relapse).

  • Exercise regularly! Studies show that exercise lowers stress levels by releasing endorphins--the body's natural mood-elevating chemicals--throughout all areas including both mind & body simultaneously right away so there's no need wait until tomorrow either! Additionally exercise has been proven effective against helping people get better faster after recovering from traumatic events such as natural disasters due primarily because muscle mass increases significantly during workouts which allows them greater resistance against harm caused by external forces like heat waves caused by fires burning nearby homes down completely destroying everything inside...

If you are aware of your mental health, you will be more prepared to take care of your mind, body, and soul.

If you're aware of your mental health, you'll be better prepared to take care of your mind, body and soul. This means knowing what triggers your mental health issues. It also means knowing how to cope with those issues if they do arise. Knowing what support system is available to you at all times will help as well—friends, family members, co-workers and even pets can provide comfort when things get tough.

Knowing your lifestyle habits is also important in understanding how they could affect your physical or mental state. For example: Do you binge watch television shows for hours on end? Maybe try reading a book instead! If this doesn't sound appealing then perhaps writing down how long each show has been on in a journal might be more beneficial; giving yourself something else to do while keeping track of time spent away from the screen may just do wonders for that inner peace meter inside all of us that we've been hearing so much about lately (see below).

Knowing yourself is key here because it allows us as individuals make informed decisions about what works best for us when it comes down right down it - life choices aren't always easy but they sure feel good after making them happen!


Conclusion

As we have just discussed, there are numerous ways to improve your mental health. You can make a commitment to yourself and others to be honest about your emotions and behaviours, which will help you identify the things that trigger negative feelings in you. You can also find a way to express those feelings in healthy ways (whether it’s through journaling or talking with someone who cares). Finally, take time out each day for self-care activities like meditation or exercise—and don't forget about fun! After all, as many wise people have said before us: happiness is the best medicine for any ailment.


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