As mid-year rolls around there are more than likely a number of thoughts racing through your mind.
How much money have I saved so far?
Should I finally join that gym?
Where is this relationship going?
Maybe I should apply for that management position?
Self-inquiry is the key to self-mastery so you’re right on track with your questions and thoughts. However, now is the time to go even deeper with your self check-ins. To ensure that your life is going in a steadily positive direction you need to also put some laser focus on your overall health.
Don’t worry, performing a mid-year health check is free and painless.
Evaluating the state of your health should fall into three categories:
Focusing on all three allows you to look at your life holistically. True self-care is about seeing yourself as a whole being, not just certain areas of your life.
Ask and answer these series of questions to gain a snapshot of your health this summer. A solid rule of thumb is to record your answers on pen and paper or audio. That way you can go back and reference your answers at the end of the year to do another self check-in and compare notes on your progress.
What are my energy levels when I first wake up, mid-day, and at night?
If you are waking up feeling fatigued then you could be struggling with an adrenal imbalance. Or if you are sleepy around mid-day or early evening then that could be the effect of sugar crashes. Keep a food and energy journal to track patterns.
Am I eating consciously?
Think about your sugar intake, daily water consumption, and daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Make a commitment to be conscious about what you are putting in your body.
Am I taking supplements daily?
Supplements provide the nutrients that our bodies need that we don’t get from our meals.
Am I performing breast checks after my cycle ends?
Our breasts are more prone to reveal any abnormalities or lumps right after menstruation.
Am I exercising regularly?
Monitor how you feel after physical activity. Consider your recovery time and how your muscles feel after every workout.
Am I suffering from mood swings?
If you are unsure, survey your child(ren), partner, and colleagues.
Am I pursuing expressive outlets for work-life balance?
Do you love cooking, photography, poetry, blogging or singing? Whatever delights your mind and spirit indulge in it often and with wild abandon.
Am I creating and maintaining healthy rituals?
You deserve to spoil yourself and to do it regularly. The possibilities for self-care in this area are endless. Everything from journaling, to massages, to solo date-nights, to splurging on a latte every Saturday morning, can be on-going rituals worth maintaining.
Am I saying NO more, so I can say YES more?
The powerhouse that is Shonda Rhimes literally wrote the book on this very same idea (see Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand in the Sun and Be Your Own Person). The No’s are just as powerful as the Yeses that you give out to yourself, loved ones, and outside commitments.
Am I practicing gratitude daily?
Studies show that doing so can increase your happiness, inner peace, and productivity.
Am I practicing mindfulness?
Mindfulness is a simple art. Consistently step outside yourself and view your behavior and thoughts. Are you always coming from a place of love? Posing this question daily will drastically increase your self-awareness and improve the energy that you give to the world.
Am I practicing forgiveness?
This is a practice that can lead to profound spiritual and emotional breakthroughs. Forgive yourself for your own shortcomings and forgive others who have disappointed you. Letting go of the pain that you have experienced through forgiveness opens up a pathway for receiving unconditional love from yourself and the environment around you.
These three core areas are the foundation for a systematic health check that honors your entire essence. Give it a shot this summer and watch your self-care go in new and healthy directions.
About the Contributor
CJ Childress is a nutrition, wellness, and health focused freelance writer. She is particularly interested in the intersection of organic nutrition, mental health, and holistic living, and how they can all work in concert to live a beautiful and balanced life. You can find her on Instagram. Check out CJ’s other Health + Wellness posts HERE.