The Importance of Checking In: Navigating Mental Health with Care

Hello, it’s Karenna! In episode 40, we’re taking a deep dive into the importance of mental health awareness and the significance of checking in with ourselves and those around us.

This solo episode is dedicated to everyone navigating their mental health journey, especially during Mental Health Awareness Month.

I want to share personal updates, reflections, and practical advice to support you in living a fully expressed life.

Mental Health Awareness: Why It Matters

May is Mental Health Awareness Month, a time to bring attention to mental health issues and the impact they have on our lives. Mental health is an essential part of our overall well-being, affecting how we think, feel, and act. It also influences how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health problems can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender, race, or socioeconomic status.

In this episode, I reflect on recent conversations and experiences that highlight the importance of mental health. From hearing about friends struggling with mental health issues to the tragic news of suicides, it’s a stark reminder of the need to check in on ourselves and our loved ones regularly.

Personal Reflections and Life Updates

Recently, I’ve been focusing on my speaking business, preparing for upcoming engagements, and reflecting on my journey of living a fully expressed life. However, the past week brought unexpected challenges as I battled illness. This period of forced rest reminded me of the importance of listening to our bodies and taking time to recharge. Despite feeling unwell, I was grateful for the opportunity to slow down and focus on self-care.

The Power of Checking In

One key message I want to emphasize is the importance of checking in with the people around you. Often, those struggling with mental health issues may not reach out for help due to feelings of shame, guilt, or simply being overwhelmed. It’s crucial to make a conscious effort to connect with friends and loved ones, asking how they are really doing beneath the surface.

A simple “How are you?” is often met with a routine “I’m good,” but digging deeper can make all the difference. Ask open-ended questions and show genuine interest in their well-being. This kind of love and attention can be incredibly supportive and may even save a life.

Seeking Professional Help

If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, seeking professional help is a vital step. There are various types of professionals who can provide support, including therapists, counselors, psychiatrists, and coaches. Finding the right fit might take time, but it’s essential to be persistent and open to the process.

When searching for a mental health professional, consider what you need. Are you looking for someone to talk to about your feelings and experiences? Do you need help with trauma or specific mental health issues? Reflect on these questions to guide your search.

  1. Identify Your Needs: Determine whether you need talk therapy, trauma-focused therapy, or another type of support.
  2. Research Professionals: Look for therapists, coaches, or counselors who specialize in your areas of concern. Read their bios and reviews to get a sense of their approach and expertise.
  3. Schedule Consultations: Reach out to a few professionals to schedule initial consultations. Use these meetings to assess how comfortable you feel with them.
  4. Trust Your Instincts: Choose someone you feel safe and understood with. It’s okay to switch professionals if you don’t feel a connection after a few sessions.
  5. Ask for Recommendations: If you know someone who has had a positive experience with a mental health professional, ask for their recommendations.

The Value of Group Therapy and Support Networks

Group therapy and coaching programs can also be incredibly beneficial. Being part of a supportive community helps you realize that you are not alone in your struggles. Sharing experiences with others facing similar challenges can be healing and provide new perspectives on your situation.

Mental health is a journey, and it’s crucial to remember that you are not alone. Checking in with yourself and others, seeking professional help, and participating in supportive communities are all steps towards better mental health. This episode is a reminder of the importance of being proactive about mental health and supporting those around us.

Thank you for joining me on this solo episode of The Fully Expressed Podcast. As we wrap up Mental Health Awareness Month, I encourage you to continue these practices throughout the year. Reach out to friends and loved ones, prioritize your mental well-being, and don’t hesitate to seek professional help when needed.

Stay tuned for our upcoming episodes in June, where we will focus on women’s health, sharing stories and insights to support and empower you in your journey. Remember to share this podcast with someone who might benefit from it, and leave a review on Apple Podcasts or Spotify to help us reach more people.

Sending you all love and support on your mental health journey. Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources and people ready to help you thrive.

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