This post is part of the series about making an annual review of the most important areas in your life. Before you read it, have a look at the introductory post I published here.
In the previous posts, I did an annual review of Career, Personal Finances, and Physical Health.
The importance of mental health has been brought into the spotlight only recently. Nevertheless, it’s good that both the media and ordinary people start to point out the necessity to take care of our emotional and social well-being.
Mental problems vary a lot—they include many issues, like anxiety, depression, loneliness, chronic stress, anger, eating problems, panic attacks, different traumas, PTSD, etc. The list is long, believe me.
For starters, one crucial thing: if you feel bad emotionally for a long time, or you feel the need to control the chaos in your head, go to a specialist. Seeing a psychologist or psychiatrist isn’t taboo anymore, and minor problems can spiral into bigger ones if you don’t take care of them. Besides, if you pay attention to your physical health, why would you neglect your mental health?
But even if you feel ok, you still may improve the quality of your emotional life. Making regular check-ups of this area of your life has many advantages. Most of all, you learn to become and stay true to yourself.
Before we move forward, one more thing: Taking care of your mental health has a lot to do with taking care of other areas in life we mentioned before—career, personal finances, and physical health. Understandably, it’s much harder to feel good if you have enormous debt or you’re seriously sick. But finding an emotional balance is possible, even when things in your life don’t go as planned.