Checking in with yourself
To maintain a state of well-being, we need to check in on our physical, mental, and social health regularly. Mental health is an important part of our well-being, and we often have trouble recognizing what we need to do to achieve it.
Practice checking in with yourself using the following steps:
1. Consider your mental health needs.
e.g. social connection, self-confidence, self-esteem, safety, security, encouragement, etc.
2. Create a mental wellness daily routine.
e.g. healthy social interaction, self affirmation and encouragement, nutrition, sleep, hobbies, etc.
3. Recognize concerning mental health.
Take notice in:
- How you feel (e.g. excessive or extreme sadness, worry, apathy, etc. lasting more than two weeks)
- How you think (e.g. confusion, memory, and concentration problems)
- How you are acting (e.g. agitation or restlessness, physical complaints with no cause, changes in eating and sleeping)
4. Address mental health challenges
- Get connected and reach out to people you trust — friends, family, professors, co-workers, campus staff or services, etc.
- Trust your instincts and talk to a doctor, nurse, social worker, psychologist, etc.