From Our Founder

Hi friends!

You likely saw the inspiring story of Olympic gymnast, Simone Biles in the news this past week.

If you missed it, Simone courageously removed herself from the USA Team’s gymnastics final and the individual all-around competition after she realized that her mental health was not in the best place to compete.

While we are accustomed to seeing our favorite athletes miss a game here or there due to a physical injury or illness, we are not used to seeing athletes withdraw from a competition due to their mental wellbeing.

Simone, and no doubt all Olympic athletes, are under immense amounts of pressure to succeed in their sport, particularly given how hard they train in pursuit of an Olympic medal. This year, all Olympic athletes had the added pressure of no live audience, continuous COVID testing, and public scrutiny.

Simone’s ability to identify the impact this pressure was having on her mental health and her bravery to acknowledge it publicly is something to admire and celebrate. In addition, she demonstrated such selflessness to remove herself from the competition so that her fellow teammates could move forward in pursuit of a medal (they did so and claimed silver!).

I follow Simone on Instagram and I saw this post from her the other day:

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As an enneagram 3, I can relate to the feeling that my worth comes from my accomplishments. I often struggle with feeling that if I’m not doing something to move my career forward in some way, I’m being lazy. I put a lot of pressure on myself – and often neglect non-work-related activities and relationships.

I was inspired by Simone’s example this week. I started thinking, “How would I know that my work is impacting my mental health? What signs would tell me that my mental wellness is suffering?”

We are all familiar with the idea of a wellness check with our doctor. We go in and the doctor checks our weight, our blood pressure, our heart rate. She asks about our diet, our physical activity level, and our sleep. She alerts us to anything we need to be concerned about and tells us to stop eating so much ice cream 🙈.

I think the idea of a regular wellness check can be applied to mental wellness too. If we are not seeing a therapist or checking in with ourselves regularly, we might miss some of the warning signs that our mental wellness is suffering.

I put together a list of questions I can ask myself to regularly assess my mental wellbeing, and I thought I’d share it with you.

Here’s what I came up with:

  • Am I engaging with friends every week?
  • Am I reading or listening to things that make me laugh?
  • Am I going out on a date night with Warren regularly?
  • Am I unfollowing people on social media that make me feel angry, resentful, or annoyed?
  • Am I being short-tempered or rude with others?
  • Am I pursuing hobbies or interests that have nothing to do with success?

I’m curious, how are you keeping your mental wellness in check? I’d love to know what questions you ask yourself.

Reply here and share them with me, if you would like to! 

Warmly,

Rachel

 
Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel McCrickard, LMFT

Rachel is the CEO & Founder of Motivo, a HIPAA-compliant video platform connecting mental health therapists to the clinical supervision hours needed for licensure. She's also a LMFT, and brings her years of experience as both a therapist and a supervisor to her vision for Motivo. She also is a huge fan of pizza and yoga, in that order.

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