Here at The Skill Collective we’re all about building skills for a better life. Knowing where to start, however, can sometimes be overwhelming. So to help we've put together a Mental Health and Wellbeing Check Up to kick things off.
The Check Up asks you questions about how you're going in various areas of your life. It is by no means an exhaustive list but we hope that the questions prompt you to reflect on where things are at for you.
Organise your life
Life can get busy and challenging. The questions below are designed to help you examine how well you are managing life.
- How effective do you feel in juggling multiple roles (worker, student, partner, friend, sibling, child, parent)?
- How effective are you at managing your time?
- Do you have systems and processes in place to streamline your life so that you can get things done?
- How easy do you find it to solve problems that arise in life?
- Are you able to set goals to maintain motivation and focus?
ACHIEVE AT WORK
This section looks at how you’re performing at work, from managing your workload to communicating in the workplace, to maintaining your wellbeing at work.
- Are you able to manage your workload without feeling overwhelmed?
- How well do you manage your stress and anxiety in the workplace?
- Are you satisfied with your work-life balance?
- Are you happy in your job? If not, do you feel confident in making a change?
- How effective are you at communicating at work: (a) across all levels from subordinates to managers; (b) in various settings from informal one-to-one conversations to giving presentations; and (c) in dealing with various personalities at work?
- Are you able to keep perfectionism and/or procrastination in check so that you can complete tasks at a reasonable pace?
Succeed as a student
For the students amongst us we recognise that life can get extremely busy - studying, assignments, exams, working, budgeting, living independently, meeting family commitments, navigate relationships...the list can be endless!
- How effective are your time management, organisation, study, and exam preparation skills
- Are you able to work in a team and communicate effectively with others?
- How well do you manage any stress or anxiety you may experience when (a) talking to other students, teachers, or lecturers; (b) being evaluated in exams and presentations; and (c) working with others on group assignments?
- How well do you balance being a student with other commitments (e.g. work, family, friends)?
- How well do you manage perfectionism and procrastination so that you can complete assignments at a reasonable pace?
Happiness + Wellbeing
Questions in this section relation to your outlook in life, your resilience and your happiness.
- How often do you feel happy or content in life?
- Do you feel that your life has direction and meaning?
- Do you feel connected to others?
- How easy do you find it to bounce back from setbacks in life?
- Do you feel that you’re making progress in life?
We don't often think about our mental health so below are some questions to encourage you to do so.
- Do you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope?
- Do you feel so anxious that it stops you from doing things?
- Have you ever felt so down or depressed that it was hard to get going?
- Do you have racing, frightening or troublesome thoughts?
- Do you feel worthwhile as an individual?
- Do you use drugs or alcohol to cope with negative feelings?
- Has your mood affected your ability to work, study or relationships?
Communication + Relationships
Friends, parents, children, siblings, partners - relationships aren't self-maintaining so it can be good to take stock and evaluate where things are at.
- Do you have a support network that you can talk openly with?
- How happy are you with the quality of your relationships (friendships, family relationships, romantic relationships)?
- Are you able to communicate your needs clearly and in an appropriate manner?
- How satisfied are you with the levels of trust, affection and physical intimacy in your romantic relationship?
- How well do you work together with your partner on issues such as managing finances, division of housework, or raising children?
The state of our physical health can have an impact on our wellbeing and mental health. Below are some health areas to look at:
- Do you feel fit and healthy?
- Is your weight in a healthy range for your height?
- Do you feel refreshed after a night of sleep?
- Do you have a healthy diet?
- Do you use alcohol in moderation?
- Do you smoke? Use recreational drugs?
- If you have any chronic health conditions (e.g. heart disease, diabetes) are these well managed?