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!