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Taking a Mental Health Audit Before Fall: Nurturing Wellness as Seasons Change

Updated: Sep 19, 2023

As summer fades into autumn and we settle back into our usual routines, it's the perfect time to focus on our mental health. Checking in with ourselves is a great way to prioritize and improve our emotional well-being.

You may be wondering, what is a mental health audit? Similar to a financial audit, it's a way to evaluate your emotional health. By identifying potential areas of concern, setting goals, and making positive changes, you can enhance your mental wellness.

Here are some steps to take during a mental health audit:

1. Reflection and Self-Awareness

Take time to reflect on your emotions, thoughts, and behavioral patterns. Ask yourself questions like:

- How have I been feeling lately?

- Are there any persistent negative emotions or stressors?

- What activities or situations make me feel content and at ease?

- Am I sleeping well and maintaining a balanced routine?

2. Identify Strengths and Challenges

Consider your strengths and areas where you need to put more energy. This could include relationships, work-life balance, self-care routines, and coping mechanisms.

3. Emotional Check-In

Do a comprehensive emotional check-in and consider feelings like happiness, sadness, anxiety, and stress.

4. Review Self-Care Practices

Evaluate your self-care routines and habits. Are you engaging in activities that recharge and rejuvenate you? What practices do you want to incorporate into your routine this fall? Make sure to remember that self-care is more than pedicures and massages. Self-care can also look like getting enough sleep, moving your body, practicing personal hygiene, taking your medication, and eating.

5. Set Realistic Goals

Set achievable goals that prioritize your mental health. This could include practicing mindfulness daily or prioritizing quality time with loved ones.

6. Seek Professional Support

If you're experiencing significant challenges or emotional distress, seek professional help. Professionals can provide guidance and strategies to navigate difficult times.

Taking care of your mental health is a continuous journey, and a mental health audit is a powerful tool in this process. By committing to your well-being this fall, you'll reap lasting benefits. Remember, you deserve to thrive in every season, and your mental health is a cornerstone of that thriving.

My (virtual) door is always open if you would like to that that step into seeking professional support. I would love to help you build a plan that will guide you toward mental wellness.

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