We all know the importance of maintaining our physical health. There are guidelines for check-ups, tests and other routine “maintenance” to keep our bodies running well. Some tests (mammograms, colonoscopies) allow for the possibility of “catching” something early, when it is more successfully treatable. What we often don’t think about is our emotional health.
Here are some questions and guidelines for an emotional health check-up:
- Are you able to live in the present or is your mind always thinking about and worrying about what is to come, or regrets about the past?
- Do you have the support of others? Do you isolate, or push yourself to be around people?
- Are you compassionate towards yourself? Being overly critical, or your own worse enemy damages your self esteem. Being kind to yourself and forgiving of past mistakes and failures can bring greater happiness and peace.
- Do you hold onto grudges? Are you compassionate towards others?
- Do you engage in healthy thinking? That means thinking rationally and making a good decision. If you engage in negative or depressive thinking habits, like catastrophizing, or all or nothing thoughts, you are more likely to be anxious and depressed.
- Do you take responsibility for what you do, say, think and feel? Nobody can force you into feeling, saying, thinking, or doing anything you don’t want. Stop the blame game. Retaining your personal power helps counteract feeling like a victim.
- Do you have a sense of humor? Learning to laugh at yourself and life’s challenges is a wonderful coping strategy, and helps you maintain perspective.
Remember to always focus on gratitude. Choose to think about the positive things in your life. When you garden, do you water your flowers or weeds? If you seek nutrition, do you feed yourself from the refrigerator or the garbage? Hold onto the good things in your life and let go of the bad.
If you have any questions about achieving the points listed above, or are struggling to maintain the emotional health and wellness in your life, call the professionals at Ketamine Wellness Centers. We can help you improve your emotional health and wellbeing and assist you in finding your pathway with strategies for maintaining your health and wellbeing.
Dr. Ellen Diamond is the Clinical Psychologist for Ketamine Wellness Centers.