When did you last check in with your mental health?
This week is Mental Health Awareness week, so I thought it would be a good time for a little reminder to check in with our own mental health.
I want to shout it out loud, but I will suffice with this small post: You matter. Your mental health matters. Supporting other people's mental health matters.
It's been an especially tough year or so with everything going on in the world, and the work still coming and results needs to be produced. It can be so easy to keep pushing through and trying to keep on top of everything and forget that we are important too.
I, like so many others out there, have had ups and downs in my mental health. Unfortunately, the empathy and support still isn't up to that for physical health concerns. It can feel overwhelming or "silly" to feel caught up in our emotions, but that's not because it is "silly", but because maybe other people have made us feel that way for whatever reason.
What are you doing to check in with yourself and others too? What do you feel we can/should to do help us all in this area all year around?
Personally, I have to consciously remind myself about my own mental health, I'm much better and checking in on my friends/lab mates. Things that cause me to check in are changes in usual behaviour whether that's mood of physically being present etc. A quick text can be a great start :)