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Are You Ready for a Mental Health Checkup?

By Genevieve Cunningham

Getting a physical health checkup is a common occurrence for a lot of people. When we're little, we get physicals every year. As we get older, we may skip the doctor on occasion, but eventually, regular checks come back into the picture. Unfortunately, we can't say the same for our mental health. Mental health checks -- unless you have a documented illness -- are very rarely a part of our normal routine. But should they be? The answer is yes. If you're guilty of neglecting your mental wellness, take a look at these signs; a quick check is in order. 

Are You Feeling Sluggish?

Sluggishness can be a sign of a lack of sleep. It can be a sign that you're too busy. But it can also be a sign of anxiety and depression. If you've noticed that you're feeling more fatigued than normal, it might be time to do a quick mental health check. Getting the proper care might change the amount of focus and energy that you have every day, which then improves your quality of life as well. 

Are You Overwhelmed?

It is completely normal to be occasionally overwhelmed. But if this is a feeling you experience often, you probably need a little help. The right mental healthcare can help you prioritize your life and activities. It can help you set proper boundaries. And as you learn to do these things, both your mental and physical health will likely see a significant boost. 

Has It Been a While?

Be honest with yourself: When was the last time you actually checked your mental health? For many, the answer is never! If it's been a while -- or if you've never actually checked your mental health -- it's time. It's way past time. Mental health checks should be a regular thing. Common, regular, routine. It matters! Start now to keep this habit in your life moving forward.

See a doctor or counselor. Do a self-check to dig deep into how you're feeling. Mental health checks can help you catch problems early, get the help you need, and turn your mental wellness around for the better. Make a plan, stick with it, and enjoy the much better health that comes with your decision to care for yourself. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Clifton Park, N.Y.

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