Monitoring your overall wellbeing

Changes in your overall sense of wellbeing can reflect the impact of stressors, triggers, boundaries, both in your work and your personal life. So these changes can be early warning signs that there is something that needs to be addressed. However, these changes can also come on slowly, making them harder to spot than sudden, overnight transformations. This means it is important to monitor and reflect on your wellbeing on a regular basis, so that you can identify slow-moving changes early and take action.

Practices

  • Keep a journal, make time for reflection, or have a regular catch-up with a friend or mentor.
  • Establish a Safety and Wellbeing Plan, which allows you to think ahead and work out how you could respond when things are getting difficult. BeyondBlue have a template here.
  • You could also use a structured tool like the HEADSS assessment (originally developed for adolescents) for a self-checkup on how things are going in different areas of your life.

Self-checkup

The HEADSS assessment is a framework used for taking a baseline assessment of how things are going in the life of an adolescent. It is quite comprehensive and you could use it to make an overall assessment of your own life as well.

  • Home
  • Employment and education
  • Eating and exercise
  • Activities, relationships and social media
  • Drugs (prescribed and not) and alcohol
  • Sexuality and gender
  • Suicide, self-harm, safety and spirituality

Exercise

Please check your workbook for an exercise related to this topic

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