How to Perform Your Own DIY Mental Health Check
We might often keep a check on our physical well-being by eating healthy and going to the gym but our mental health, unfortunately, tends to be neglected or take a backseat. In the age of progressive technological advancement also comes trolls, keyboard warriors, body shaming and a host of cultural and individual inappropriation have contributed to people’s decline in mental health. Also, the sad truth is that many people are aware of their struggles yet do not seek treatment, or keep putting it off. Often, before we can verbalise what we’re feeling, our body reacts physically, to our emotions. You might notice that your jaw is more clenched or you have a pit in your stomach when you're feeling anxious. This article will aid you in methods to perform a DIY mental health check so you can seek help and take care of yourself.
Mental Health Questions To Ask Yourself
- Have I been getting sufficient zzz’s with regular bed and waking times?
- Have I been keeping to myself at work or from friends and family?
- Do I have more worries or anxiety than usual? Use a scale of 1t to 10 to quantify.
- Have I lost interest in activities and pursuits that made me happy?
- Have I felt more sad than happy lately?
- Do I feel comfortable with myself and my surroundings?
- Do you believe that the various aspects of your life — work, play, friends, family, self-care, exercise, and other worthwhile pursuits are properly balanced?
- Do you have trouble concentrating?
- Have you been experiencing significant mood swings, crying, or suicidal thoughts?
- At the end of the day, do you feel unduly worn out or exhausted? At the end of the week, perhaps?
- Has your appetite or eating habits changed recently?
Keep A Journal to Track and Review
It’s important to note that this list of questions is not conclusive or all encompassing. It shouldn’t make you feel like there’s something wrong with you or that you “need help” depending on your choice of answers. What’s recommended is to note down your answers in a journal so you can review them in the next 4 to 6 months. Upon tracking, it will give you a perspective that will enable you to see how things have been going for you and how you are doing over the long term.
There’s a quiet mental health stigma in the Asian culture, which is deeply attributed to its culture of honour, pride and collectivism, as well as celebrating people who toughen up and go through adversity. In the Asian culture, having mental health illness can be seen as a sign of weakness. While strength is developed from learning to have grit, there’s a problem of trying to have too much grit when you’re ignoring a problem that’s been going on for a while. It’s important to differentiate between determination and seeking help when you need it. These days, there are a plethora of apps to help you with your mental health concerns if you aren’t keen on speaking to someone. Journaling has been touted as an effective outlet to express your thoughts and emotions and understand them, as well as help with depression and anxiety.
If you crave for someone to talk to, try friends and family or better yet, talk to a professional who is willing to listen and create a safe expressive space for you. Always remember that you’re not alone and help is readily available if you seek it.