Checking in with yourself
To be healthy, we need to check in on our physical, mental, and social well-being regularly. Mental health is an important part of our health, and we often have trouble recognizing what we need to do to achieve mental wellness. 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. health 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, pyschologist, etc.