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Mental Wellness Check In 101

Updated: May 30, 2022

Here is where Mental Fitness begins!

Dose of honesty, I never thought about mental health or mental fitness as something to do every day. The idea to create an actual mental fitness plan, like a physical fitness plan. No, this is not something I would think about doing. What exactly does one do for a mental fitness daily program? I'll get to that in a little bit. I must slow myself down because I get so excited to share.


I never realized the importance of mental health. It certainly doesn’t help that mental health was presented as something that is bad. Something that we do not talk about. Mental health was hush hush. Sssshhhh….don’t talk about it! Does that sound familiar?

Talking and thinking about mental health has changed for me for several reasons. First and foremost, my training in Brain Health and Neuro Linguistics has impacted my life to talk about mental health. Plus expand my business to present to groups, businesses, organization and to individuals delivering impactful information regarding our internal narrative or dialog that is running havoc in our lives. We hold the key to change the narrative.


We are hearing more and more about mental health in the news and social media outlets. This is a good place to start. What we really need are resources, tools and tips provided to the public to start taking active action to checking their own mental well-being. We need more of the: How to check in? How to make mental fitness a priority in our daily routine? Why it is important to create a mental fitness program? Later in this piece you will discover ways to creating your mental fitness program.


Mental fitness is necessary, it is a MUST DO for individuals to practice daily. Just like physical fitness, mental fitness must be a priority for individuals to conduct daily. Especially after the pandemic we all endured. Since 2020, the mental health crisis is at an all-time high. Individuals are struggling with their mental health. Most individuals worldwide are struggling with mental health. STRUGGLING!Did I say, struggling!? Strug….gl…ing!?

When is the last time you thought about your mental health? Have you ever thought about your mental health, mental well-being, how about mental fitness? Be honest with yourself.

Are you like me, raised to NOT talk about mental health? It was taboo and still is (in my opinion). It was the subject matter that we were taught never to talk about. We were taught, mental health is when you go crazy or for the crazies. I use the words I was taught. I am not saying mental health is for crazies. I want to make it clear that these were words I heard growing up. I am sure you have a few selected words, you heard growing up. Be Honest!

When you hear mental health, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Take a moment and write down what your thoughts are about mental health. Where did your thoughts about mental health originate? Be Honest!

My hope this blog will help guide you to start taking your mental health serious. And start practicing mental fitness daily. I don’t know about you…shall we start a new movement. Who is with me!? Will you be with me to “STOMP OUT THE STIGMA” of mental health?


Let's do it! #stompoutthestigma


 

“Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” Napolean Hill

 

This is what you have been waiting for. I know it took a bit to get here. But it was worth the wait... right? Let's start digging into the ways you can start today by checking in with your mental well-being. Plus create your mental fitness program.


How to Check In with Your Mental Health

When we have the goal of improving our mental wellness, the first step is learning how to check in with our feelings and mood patterns.


Ready to try it out? Take a few minutes to think about these questions:

How am I feeling?

If you’re not feeling genuinely good, take a moment to think deeper and pinpoint what emotions you have been experiencing.

How is my body feeling?

Stress shows up in your physical body in addition to the mind. Are your shoulders tight? Is your jaw clenched? Are you having trouble breathing deeply? Is your heart racing? Are you feeling nauseous or queasy? These are all physical symptoms of mental stress.

What’s taking up the most headspace right now?

What’s on your mind? Is there a specific worry that keeps tapping you on the shoulder? Are you overwhelmed with an upcoming project, task, or decision that you must make? Do you feel as though there’s a relationship in your life that’s somehow being jeopardized?


When we take the time to ask ourselves these questions, we become better adjusted to the idea of thinking through our thoughts instead of just letting them ruminate in our minds. Practicing regular check-ins will help you sort through your feelings and help ensure that you’re not taking out your anger, worry, or stress on those around you. Furthermore, by verbalizing your emotions with yourself, you begin to develop a broader vocabulary for describing your feelings, thus gaining better emotional literacy.

SETTING REMINERS! Getting in the practice of checking in.

Our lives are full of distractions, so it can be difficult to find the time or headspace to check in with our mood. If you’re the type of person who struggles with holding themselves accountable, try one of these methods for integrating check-ins into your routine:

Set reminders throughout the day to quickly check in on a scale from 0 (‘not at all’) to 10 (‘extremely’) of how stressed, anxious, or down you’re feeling.

Another option is to find a buddy to check in with. Whether it’s a longer conversation once a week or hopping on a quick call to share highs and lows from the day, partnering with someone (or a small group of people) will help hold you accountable. Plus, you’ve got a built-in support system!

Repeat this practice over a span of a few weeks to get a better gauge on how you’re coping with the stress in your life. It’s normal for some days to be worse than others, but if your scores are remaining high over the course of a week or two, it’s time to make your mental health a higher priority.


 

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