Checking in with yourself is so important to do. Your mental health and personal wellbeing are essential for your everyday success as well as for you to simply keep going. A healthy mind and personal wellbeing can be the difference between achieving your dreams and not achieving them or even the difference between good physical health and not so good physical health.
But sometimes it can be hard to know when it's time to stop and check-in with yourself. Life can get in the way with all of its twists and turns, as well when there is always a project to get done or someone to take care of, it is easy for you and your emotions to be put on the back burner. Sometimes we can even get so caught up in life, we don't even realize anything was wrong until its too late. Self-care, taking a break, resting becomes an afterthought after a tragedy happens or becomes something that is penciled into your planner and can be only done between this time and that time. While scheduled self-care is good for your own self-care practices and plans, sometimes our bodies and minds can't wait for the scheduled hour and check-in with yourself has to happen.
So how do you know its time to check in with yourself? Well, here are 7 ways to know that it is time to check in with yourself.
1. When stress is manifesting in your life - Obviously, no life is stress-free, and we can't avoid stress all of the time. But it is important to note, that stress can manifest in your life in so many ways outside of the norm. It can include things like nightmares, all types of body aches and pains, and even forms of acting out. The key is knowing the way that stress shows up for you, and if stress is suddenly showing up more frequently or in a more extreme form for you. Knowing these differences can help you to know if it is time to press pause and check-in with yourself.
2. When you are waking up angry - We all wake up on the wrong side of the bed every now and then. But when you are waking up on the wrong side of the bed every day, its time to take a look at why and check in on yourself. This includes waking up and being made that you woke up, or waking up and wanting to fight everybody and everything.
3. When you are feeling tense- Are you suddenly feeling tense in various parts of your body. Feeling tense in your shoulders, back, arms, legs? Whenever you are feeling tense it is important to know when you are feeling that tension, when you don't, and what the surroundings are around the feelings of tension. For example, immediately walk into a place and feel your body tense up, even if you felt differently a few minutes ago or leave a place and feel like you can relax? These are all experiences stating that its time to check-in.
4. When you are feeling fragile - Feeling fragile can mean different things, and isn't necessarily what you think of when you hear the word fragile. Fragile feelings can involve sadness as much as the can involve anger. Feeling fragile can show up as waiting to be tried so you can pop off, it can show up as being ready to cry, it can show up as being annoyed. You have to gage feeling fragile for yourself and they will let you know when it's time to take a step back and check-in.
5. When you are raining on the lives of others - Do people suddenly not want to be around you? Do they not want to talk to you, or are they avoiding interacting with you at all costs? Maybe they are even doing the bare minimum interaction with you. All of these are possible examples that your attitude may be raining on the lives of others or ruining their moods. Sometimes the individuals in your life may be to polite to tell you this, but if their actions are speaking like this or they outright say something to you, its time to take a break and check-in with yourself.
6. When everything is more extreme - Everything being more extreme is when everything feels so much worse than it normally would for you. Things that normally wouldn't phase you are suddenly sending you into a tailspin. Everything being more extreme goes hand in hand with feeling fragile. When getting yelled at feels like the end of the word, or when you drop your drink and suddenly feel like throwing a trash can. When everything is seeming so extreme and so much, it's time to check in with yourself.
7. When all elements of professionalism are gone- This one is for a work setting or any other professional setting. In this case, have you let go of all sense of professionalism? Are you letting the moods of the clients shift you from the professional version of yourself? Are you finding that you are yelling back, becoming low, or overly frustrated? When your professionalism has flown out the window it's time to check-in.
Performing check-ins with yourself is so important and these are just 7 beginning ways to know when its time to press pause and check-in with yourself.