Mental Health Awareness Week: Checking in with Ourselves & Others

Physiotherapist Cameron Siandri explains why it is more important than ever to check in with others, but to also show yourself kindness.

Even when you’re in the thick of it, it is easy to feel overwhelmed or isolated; sometimes we’re moving too quickly to take time for ourselves, other times we can feel lonely even when surrounded by lots of people. 

Whether you feel life is too slow, or too fast, it’s important to make a conscious effort to check in, not only with others, but also ourselves to make sure that we are ok. It may seem like a small gesture, but by simply reaching out, it may relieve some of these feelings for others. For ourselves, that might require more looking inward, and allocating time to be selfish’, take a moment, and look after yourself in someway, or give yourself that time to acknowledge how you’re feeling. 

But it’s no secret that sometimes doing both of these things can be a bit daunting and feel quite difficult to do. Let’s break them down and see how we can approach each one. 

Benefits of checking in with others #

  • It reassures others that they are not alone, and have support.
  • It encourages others to do the same, creating a ripple effect amongst networks. 

How to check in with others? #

  • Simply send a message or call a friend, colleague or loved one to start the conversation. 
  • If you’re feeling lost on how to reach out to others, use some of the follow conversation starters to break the ice:
    • How are you today?’
    • I’m feeling a bit down, and wanted to see how you are?’

Benefits of checking in with yourself #

  • It provides mental clarity. Sometimes we aren’t sure why we don’t feel like ourselves, but by stopping and acknowledging your mental state, it allows you to reflect on your current emotions and can result in a positive change in mindset.
  • It can also encourage others whom you’re living with to do the same.
  • It promotes healthy mental hygiene. 
  • It reaffirms your self-worth and reminds you that you are important!

How to check in with yourself? #

  • Ask yourself How am I feeling’ and answer that question truthfully. The opportunity to ask yourself this question is limitless, however to a healthy mental hygiene routine, try and do this daily. 
  • Write how you’re feeling down or discuss it with someone you feel comfortable with. 

Remember – it’s okay for you, or others, to not feel like yourself, but acknowledging your current mindset is important. Check in with others, check in with yourself and be good to your mental health

Take care.

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