Coping with psychological disorders would not seem daunting if diagnosed at an early stage. Hence the best way out is to give yourself a psychological checkup. Below are 3 ways by which you can check your psychological health on your own:
- Routine for Healthy mind
The Healthy Mind Platter includes 7 types of activities that should be a part of your daily routine to ensure optimum psychological health. These include:
- Sleep time-When you can enjoy a good, sound sleep
- Fun time-When you can enjoy by doing your favorite activity
- Physical activity time-When you do some physical exercise
- Focus time-When you’re concentrating on a task
- Down time- When you allow your mind to wander
- Connecting time-When you connect with people or nature
“Time-in”-Time for doing activities like mindful breathing, meditation or mindful yoga that render deep relaxation
These categories are very broad and hence provide complete flexibility to choose your activities as well as decide the amount of time that you wish to spend on each one.
“For a psychological checkup based on these 7 categories; all you need to do is monitor which of the mentioned categories you are following in your daily routine for a week. This way you would be able to analyze which activities are not being done on a regular basis. And hence you can attempt to make out at least some time for them” says Dr. Rupali Shivalkar, Consultant Psychiatrist, Shanti Home, Noida
- Check your positive to negative emotion ratio
Segregate the emotions that you experience into two categories-negative and positive. If you experience at least three positive emotions for each negative emotion, then it suggests that your psychological health is in place.
- Analyze Your Avoidance Capacity.
For a week, try avoiding any bad habit that you are addicted to. Then analyze how well avoidance is working for you. For example, if you are using avoidance to overcome alcohol addiction; evaluate if you are really able to avoid it or its creating other problems.
With these 3 simple ways, you can easily analyze you mental health as well as make efforts to improve it further.