Got The Seasonal Sads? A Mental Health Self Evaluation From Author Romal Tune!By Romal Tune | December 4, 2018 | Lifestyle
It’s holiday season but for some people, it’s not necessarily the happiest season of the year. Make sure to check in on family, friends, neighbors and of course yourself … Here are five tips to self-evaluate your mental health., as suggested by Romal Tune, author of Love Is an Inside Job.
“If I’m totally honest with myself, how am I really feeling?” This is one of the first questions I ask myself to check on my emotional health. That said, just as you would see a doctor for a physical to make sure you’re okay, It’s equally as important to see a mental health professional make sure you’re taking good care of yourself mentally or emotionally.
My life is amazing. I don’t just love what I do, but more importantly, I love who I am unapologetically. My greatest desire is to become the best version of me in my lifetime. I owe a great deal of my inner joy and emotional peace to the time I spent with my therapist and getting professional guidance. It’s different seeing a life coach that helps to clarify goals, set your intentions and accomplish something. Seeing a therapist about being the best you, loving all of who you are and finding a deeper appreciation for life that is not cluttered by the need to glorify being busy or the stress of nonstop attainment to prove your worth. Therapy helps to finally realize that you are already amazing and priceless and you don’t have to prove it. Everyone may not describe therapy that way, but that’s what it has done for me.
It is important to asses your mental health regularly. I do a few times a week, and I am honest with myself about my mental and emotional state. Honesty allows you to take action that either sustains the good place you are in or make the decision that it’s time to see a professional who can help realign and find a healthy balance. Here the five tips I use for my mental health assessment:
- Have I been consistently sad or depressed for ten days?
- Am I consistently engaging in negative-self talk that makes me feel discouraged?
- Is my current mental or emotional state making it hard to function and perform the task that is typically easy for me to do?
- Is my mental or emotional state causing me to lash out at the people I love and care about?
- Am I isolating myself from friends and family out of shame, guilt or as a means to punish myself because I don’t feel that I deserve their love?
- Am I engaging in self-sabotage by doing things to myself that are not healthy and could cause me harm?
If your answer to any one of these questions is yes, then I highly recommend that you find the courage to talk to someone you trust and know truly loves you for you without any judgment. It’s important to take action that allows someone to be there for you. If you don’t have a therapist and feel that it’s important to talk to someone right away check out betterhelp.com, talkspace.com or blackmentalwellness.com.