A Mental Health Checklist to Keep You Well
By Genevieve Cunningham
We don't always treat it this way, but the truth is that there's really nothing more important than mental health. Without a healthy mind and stable moods, everything suffers. We just don't feel our best, and we aren't able to accomplish all that we want in life. But how do we really stay on top of our mental well-being? We know that counselors and medication are available in some situations, but how do we know when to reach out for help? If you're trying to keep better track of your mental health on a daily basis -- which is a great way to do it -- take a look at this checklist that you should be asking yourself every day.
Do You Have a Clear Mind?
There are times when the mind will feel cluttered. There will be times when it's hard to concentrate or focus. But these moments shouldn't be happening every day. If your mind feels clouded, it could be a sign that you need mental health help. Assess your own focus, make an attempt to clear it, and then get help if you need it.
Has Your Behavior Changed?
Sometimes we change our behavior on purpose and that can certainly be a good thing! But other times, our behavior changes without our noticing. Others may notice and may comment on it. Ask yourself if your habits have changed unexpectedly. Are you sleeping more or less than usual? Are you eating more or less? Have you withdrawn from normal activities? Are you having a hard time having fun? If your behavior has suddenly changed, seek out some help to get back on track.
Are You Feeling Like Yourself?
One of the worst feelings is when you just don't feel like yourself. You feel confused or out of sorts. If this sounds familiar, take note. While it's OK to feel this way on occasion, it's not OK to feel it all the time. Are you feeling like yourself? If the answer is no and it remains a no, reach out for assistance sooner rather than later.
Self-checks for your mental health are critical to your health and happiness. The more you get to know and understand yourself, the better! Use these questions as a guide, and keep yourself mentally well for years to come.
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