How to Do a Mental Health Check

When we're going through stressful, weird times—or even just everyday life—it's a good idea to do a quick Mental Health Check to ask, "Are you OK?" Today, we’re going to talk about how to do a mental health check on yourself.

To do your own mental health check, here are 5 questions you can ask yourself.

  1. How are you REALLY feeling today? Are you stressed? Are you in any physical pain? Really pay attention to what your mind and body are telling you.
  2. What's been taking up a lot of headspace for you? What keeps coming up in your thoughts? Is there an idea or worry that's running circles around your head?
  3. When's the last time you ate a good, healthy meal? This is really important because eating well is vital for both physical and mental health. Plus, eating releases dopamine—the brain's feel-good neurotransmitter. So, if you're feeling off, ask yourself, "When was the last time I ate or drank water?"
  4. Are you tired? Sometimes we get grouchy or short-tempered simply because we haven't been getting enough sleep.
  5. What can you do today that will bring you joy? Consciously choosing joy on a daily basis is a big part of good mental health.

We want to acknowledge that many of our 412teens friends suffer from mental health issues. Your feelings and frustrations are valid and they matter to us and to God. We encourage you to seek help if you’re suffering from depression, major anxiety, PTSD, or any other mental health issue. It’s always OK to ask for help.


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