Why Checking In With Yourself Is Important
As young and emerging adults, we often get caught up in our fast moving society. We’re busy with work, school, relationships, creative expressions, and everything in between. However, it’s important to take a step back and check in with ourselves once in a while. Here’s why:
Mind: How We Think
Our thoughts can have a big impact on our overall well-being. If we’re constantly thinking negative thoughts, we’re likely to feel down and unmotivated. On the other hand, if we focus on positive thoughts, we’re more likely to feel happy and energized. Explore how to identify your predominant thoughts and whether they’re helpful or harmful.
Body: Physical Sensations
Our bodies are amazing machines that need to be taken care of. If we neglect our physical health, it can lead to pain, discomfort, and even illness. Address physical sensations such as pain, stretching, and movement, and learn ways to tend to your bodies to keep healthy and happy.
Spirit: Recharging and Rejuvenating
Our spiritual health is just as important as our physical and mental health. For some, this may mean engaging in religious or spiritual practices, while for others, it may mean hiking, walking, cooking, or spending time with loved ones. Explore different ways to recharge and rejuvenate your spirit.
Environment: Our Surroundings
Our environment can have a big impact on our overall well-being. If we’re constantly surrounded by negativity, dysfunction, chaos, disorganization, confusion, marginalization, or trauma, it can be hard to stay positive.
Work Environments: Strive for a workplace that values your well-being, respects your boundaries, and promotes a healthy work-life balance. Advocate for yourself and seek support if your work environment is causing stress or harm.
Friend Groups: Surround yourself with friends who uplift you, provide emotional support, and share positive experiences. Healthy friendships contribute to your mental and emotional wellness.
Family Dynamics: While family can be a source of love and support, it’s essential to establish boundaries and address harmful dynamics if they exist. Seek family therapy, personal therapy, or support groups if necessary.
Systemic Influence: In addition to our immediate environment, it’s crucial to recognize the broader systemic influences that shape our well-being. These influences encompass generational trauma, cultural norms and values, media portrayal, assimilation, acculturation, socioeconomic factors, social determinants of health, community, as well as the pervasive effects of marginalization and oppression. These systemic factors can significantly impact our mental and emotional health, influencing our beliefs, behaviors, and perceptions of self and others. Understanding and navigating these influences is an essential part of achieving holistic well-being.
Self Treatment: Self Compassion
When assessing your environments, consider what spaces are supportive, free of abuse, and enjoyable. If spaces are harmful, reflect on ways to minimize their impact on your overall wellness. Remember, creating a safe and nourishing environment is not only about the physical spaces we inhabit but also the people and energy we surround ourselves with.
By evaluating and curating your environment to align with your well-being, you take a significant step toward empowerment and improved mental health. Remember that you have the agency to choose spaces that nurture your growth, healing, and happiness.
It’s essential to be mindful of how we are solving our own needs and recognizing those needs:
Sleep: Prioritize restorative sleep for mental and physical rejuvenation.
Healthful Nutrition: Fuel your body with nourishing foods that support your well-being.
Taking Breaks: Allow yourself breaks and moments of relaxation to prevent burnout.
Organizing Your Space: An organized and clutter-free environment can promote mental clarity.
Choosing Positive Spaces and People: Surround yourself with positivity and supportive individuals.
Engaging in Movement: Incorporate regular physical activity to boost mood and reduce stress.
Doing Enjoyable Activities: Make time for hobbies and activities that bring joy and fulfillment.Addressing
Physical Needs: Attend to any physical pain or discomfort promptly to prevent it from affecting your mental well-being.
Self-Belief: Cultivate self-confidence and a positive self-image.
Setting Encouraging Goals: Establish achievable and motivating goals for personal growth.
Asking for Help: Don’t hesitate to seek assistance from friends, family, or professionals when needed.
Remember, checking in with yourself is an important part of self-care. Take some time today to evaluate your thoughts, physical sensations, spiritual health, and environment. Identify areas that need improvement and take steps to make positive changes.
Prioritize your well-being and seek support when needed.
Working individually with a therapist can provide you intentional time and space to explore how you’re doing in different areas of your life, and how to shift into more valued actions. Click the link to Request an Appointment.
The content provided in this blog is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as a substitute for professional counseling or therapy. The information presented here is drawn from my professional expertise, personal experiences, and research, but it is not a replacement for personalized mental health advice. Each individual is unique, and the content may not be relevant to everyone’s particular situation. It is crucial to seek guidance from a licensed mental health professional concerning your specific concerns and to receive customized support tailored to your requirements.