In our fast-paced and demanding world, it's easy to overlook our mental and physical well-being. We often prioritize work, responsibilities, and various distractions while neglecting the most important asset we have: our health.
Regular self-assessment is crucial to maintain a healthy and balanced life. In this blog, we'll explore ten essential questions to ask yourself to check in on your mental and physical health, ensuring that you're on the path to a happier and healthier you.
How Am I Feeling Emotionally?
Start with a basic emotional self-assessment. Are you feeling happy, sad, stressed, or anxious? Identifying your emotions can help you gauge your overall mental health and well-being.
Don’t try to solve the problem every time you do these check-ins. That can lead to overwhelm and decision fatigue.
Learning how to identify and accept your emotions is a powerful tool that will allow you to learn better control over your emotions while giving yourself permission to feel how you feel without shame or guilt.
Am I Getting Enough Sleep?
Sleep is fundamental to good health. Ask yourself if you're getting enough restful sleep each night. If not, consider the factors affecting your sleep patterns and work on improving them.
This can include things like being on your phone or watching TV, working, or eating a large meal right before you go to bed. Try to give yourself at least 30 minutes without screens, work, or food before you hit the hay. You’ll be surprised how much more rested you feel the next day!
Keeping your room cool and dark is another important component of restful sleep. Studies show that the ideal temperature for a restful night's sleep is between 60-67 degrees Fahrenheit.
Do I Maintain a Balanced Diet?
Eating a well-rounded and nutritious diet is essential for physical and mental health. Are you nourishing your body with the right foods, or is there room for improvement?
With a balanced diet, you will feel more energized, and your body will have the vitamins and minerals it needs to function properly.
Food not only impacts how our bodies function, but how our minds do as well. Studies have shown that a healthful diet full of fresh, whole foods can drastically increase our mental and emotional health and is even prescribed in some therapies as a way to improve symptoms of depression, anxiety, and more.
Am I Staying Hydrated?
Proper hydration is often overlooked, but it's crucial for your physical health. Monitor your water intake and ensure you're drinking enough throughout the day.
Start with trying to drink around 64 ounces of water a day - this number is the overall average that most of us have heard we should drink a day. Once you get used to drinking water again, you can up it to your “ideal” number with a simple equation.
To figure out how much water you should aim to drink in a day, take your body weight number and divide it by two. This will be the number of ounces of water you should try to drink a day. For example, if you weigh 150 lbs, you will want to try to drink 75 ounces of water a day.
How Active Am I?
Regular physical activity is key to maintaining good health. Ask yourself if you're getting enough exercise, and if not, set achievable goals to improve your fitness level.
This can be anything from going on a daily walk to signing up with a personal trainer who helps keep you accountable. Mix it up and find out what works for you so that maintaining your physical fitness is exciting and not a chore!
Am I Managing Stress Effectively?
Stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health. Not only can it impact your mood, but it can literally stop you from losing weight and maintaining health goals.
Evaluate your stress levels and consider adopting stress management techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, journaling, or yoga.
Not sure where to start? Check out our article on different types of meditation to see what works for you!
Do I Connect with Loved Ones?
Social connections are vital for mental well-being. Assess the quality and quantity of your social interactions and make an effort to nurture relationships with friends and family.
Human beings are social creatures and interacting with others plays a direct role in our mental and emotional health. It is also often easier to be physically active when others are there to support us, hold us accountable, and cheer us on.
Even those who consider themselves introverts need social interactions from time to time, so don’t forget to connect with family and friends.
Am I Pursuing My Passions?
Engaging in activities and hobbies you're passionate about can boost your mental health. Ask yourself if you're dedicating time to things that truly make you happy.
Some may find that they have never stopped to figure out what their passions are, or have neglected them for so long that they don’t know how to pick them back up again, and that is okay!
Try something you used to love as a child, even if it feels childish in the moment! Try something you’ve never tried before and always thought would be fun, sign up for a course, take a class, go somewhere new, and ignite the part of you that rejoices in fun again. Bonus points if you get a friend or family member to come along with you!
How Is My Work-Life Balance?
Work-life balance is essential to your overall health. Evaluate whether you're overworking or neglecting other aspects of your life, and make necessary adjustments.
It can be a slippery slope; it doesn’t matter if you work from home or in the office. In this day and age, the line between personal life and work life has blurred incredibly. Especially if our cell phones have our work emails or if coworkers can text us.
The great thing about setting boundaries is that you can set them at any time! If you find that work is encroaching on your personal life too much, or vice versa, communicating with those involved is the simplest way to start implementing boundaries that work for you.
For example, if a loved one tends to call you during your work day to chat, try telling them, “I love talking with you, but I need to use this time to get my work done. Let’s plan for [a better time for you] to talk. That way, I won’t be distracted with work.”
Or, if a coworker texts you about work outside of work hours, you can say, “I am trying to maintain a better work-life balance. I’d appreciate it if you could communicate work-related matters through our company emails, especially at the end of the workday.”
It can feel stressful and scary to make these requests, and it will take time for those involved to form the habit of respecting these new boundaries but communicating is the best way to keep things balanced so you can be fully present both in work and in day-to-day life.
Am I Seeking Professional Help When Needed?
If you're experiencing persistent mental or physical health issues, don't hesitate to seek professional help. Reach out to a doctor, therapist, or counselor for guidance and support.
If you need help with your physical health, Mint Condition Fitness is here. With personalized fitness and nutrition programs, we work out the plan that is right for you to help you take charge of your health and start living the life you want to live. Give us a call to find out more!
Regular self-assessment is a fundamental aspect of maintaining good mental and physical health. By asking yourself these ten essential questions, you can gain valuable insights into your well-being and make informed decisions to improve your overall health.
Remember that it's okay to seek help when needed and to take proactive steps to prioritize your health and happiness. Your well-being is worth it, and a healthier you will lead to a more fulfilling life.
Mint Condition Fitness empowers people to take control of their fitness and fully enjoy the life they have built.