How are you, really? How to check in with yourself

It’s a question we ask and are asked frequently, but most of us rarely take the time to really check in with ourselves, notice how we’re feeling and answer the question honestly.

So, what does ‘checking in with yourself’ really mean, and how can you do it? A good place to start is with the K10 Anxiety and Depression Checklist; a simple and widely-used test that will get you reflecting on some of the signifiers of your physical and mental wellbeing. When answering each question, it may be helpful to go deeper and ask yourself if there is anything in particular that has made you feel that way. Writing it down in a journal can help you to organise your thoughts, lift the weight of things that may be on your mind, notice any patterns, or just to use as a reference for the next time you check in with yourself.

After you have completed the K10 checklist, this could be a good time to reach out to someone else: whether that be catching up with a good friend, making an appointment with your GP, or accessing mental health care services such as those offered by your workplace or on our Resources page.

To learn more about how to check in with yourself and improve your wellbeing, book a Breakfast at Epiphany’s event for your workplace, or attend one of our upcoming Mental Health First Aid events.