7 Keys for Assessing Your Mental Health

· April 22, 2017
To take care of your mental health and avoid the things that can harm it, you must be able to live a full life in which you are your own protagonist. Learn about 7 keys to assessing and improving your mental health.

When we talk about mental health, people almost always think about clinical disorders that can completely alter a person’s quality of life and their surroundings.

In reality, however, there are many people who face their daily lives with emotional problems that may be representative of underlying illnesses.

This is the case when it comes to hidden depression or anxiety attacks that directly affect their peace of mind and psychological balance.

No one is immune to disorder in which your own thoughts and attitudes can surface as the true enemies.

That’s why it’s important to take them into account. You should identify them, break them down, and come to a deeper understanding of your inner world.

This way, you can face your life with more strength, better self-esteem, and the clear will to take the reins of your own well-being.

Today, we want to propose that you start practicing a form of mental health “self examination.”

It’s all about evaluating certain dimensions to find out whether you’re in good mental shape or if something needs a little work.

1. You’re obsessed with things that haven’t happened yet

Anticipating negative events will directly affect your mental health. It’s not just about “thinking the worst” or imagining that no matter what you do, everything will fall apart.

In addition, some other aspects may include:

  • Overthinking things to the point that you become exhausted and aren’t able to act.
  • Obsessing over certain details, words, or facts. You make mountains out of certain aspects of life that may not actually be so important.

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2. Dependence on the past

A person who focuses all their attention, thoughts, and dreams on things that have already happened is missing the opportunities in their present.

Living in the past is neither good nor healthy. You fall into a state of absolute defenselessness to the point of losing hope in your present moment.

Understand that yesterday is a box that contains the things you’ve learned and can apply in the present.

Now is where your real opportunity to be happy occurs.

3. Focusing too much on what other people say and do

You know that you don’t live on an isolated island. People must relate to one another and share experiences with friends, neighbors, and family members.

Of course, living together is not the same as being dependent on someone else’s opinions and judgments.

What others say and do shouldn’t affect you to the point of changing how you see life or the way you are.

Learn to lower the “intensity” of the discomfort that comes from the criticism you receive. In doing so, you’ll automatically improve your quality of life. 

4. You’re always in a bad mood and everything bothers you

Sometimes, people go through periods of continuous discomfort where nothing pleases them, nothing can make them laugh, and few things attract their interest.

Keep in mind that if this describes your emotional state for longer than two consecutive months, you may be experiencing depression.

However, don’t let this worry you. With the right attitude, a healthy lifestyle and support, you can overcome any slump.

5. Not paying attention to important things

Going through a long period of stress has a very important consequence: you stop valuing your priorities and might even forget what they are.

If you forget what makes you happy, then your inner compass isn’t working the way it should.

Stress and anxiety can cause you to focus on aspects like problems at work, a troublesome boss, overwhelming coworkers…

Your mind may feel completely saturated and unable to relax or focus on what’s essential: yourself and who you care about most.

Bring yourself back to your values, and you’ll definitely feel better.

6. When you have a problem, you avoid it

This is another common strategy.

When something bothers you, worries you, or upsets your internal balance, you choose avoidance. You may also pretend that nothing has happened.

For example:

  • If you’re unhappy at home, you try to spend most of your time away from it.
  • If you have a problem with someone, you avoid running into them.

These behaviors won’t solve anything. The only thing they will do is intensify the problem or postpone the moment when you have no choice but to respond to it.

7. You’re unable to say “No”

Practicing being assertive on a daily basis helps care for your mental health.

If you are not able to say “yes” without guilt and “no” without fear, you’ll only find yourself navigating a sea of frustration and unhappiness.

A person who doesn’t know how or is afraid to set limits will allow others to easily control and manipulate them.

Don’t let this happen to you. Learn now to set your limits with assertiveness and take care of your mental health.

Finally, don’t forget to think about these seven dimensions. Pay attention to what you should change and what you can improve upon to find that inner balance that will help you find true happiness.