The tough part about “feeling down” is not knowing what to do about it.
We might opt for lying in bed and curling into the fetal position, lost, empty, and hopeless. While this is completely a-ok (hey, we all do this sometimes!), having a checklist you can turn to during these tough mental times can help you bounce back or at least, feel incrementally better.
Logically, you can go through your mental health checklist, ensuring you’re doing everything in your power to feel mentally good once again.
Keep reading! Because we are going to uncover it all.
Our mental health impacts our physical health and vice versa.
And our health determines our quality of life and the fulfillment we obtain from life. Inevitably, that makes it pretty important!
And this makes mental health a little bit more complex than you may initially think. Good mental health actually incorporates seven key components, including:
While some of these may be partially out of our control, focusing on the variables you can actually change is critical.
For instance, for physical health, you can move more or go for daily walks. In the community, you can join a club or workshop. For intellectual health, you could learn a new hobby or skill. There are tons of options here!
Maybe you’ve already got one of these mental health checklists. Whatever the case may be, here are a few tips and tricks to improve your already existing list or create a brand new one.
Some days, you just feel in a funk! We all have those days. And it can help to start by assessing some basics that we usually know help, but when we’re in a funk, we tend to forget about including the following:
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Okay, so maybe you go through the basics. What else can you do to feel better (even just a little bit)?
Taking this even further, you can track how you feel from day to day by answering some questions.
This can help you gauge what’s going on (even though it might not present itself immediately) and help you understand your own triggers.
Try journaling using these:
Yes, all of this will take some time. However, it will be worth it!
You’ll have actionable steps to help you feel better. You can also add your own to your checklist, such as activities or things that help you gain perspective or take on a good mood.
Create one today, so that on those less-than-ideal days, you have a resource to turn to! And remember,
“Mental health is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” (Thank you to Noam Shpancer for the quote!)
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