As is often true at the beginning of a new year, society tells us that big behavioral changes should be the goal. However, too often, we set goals for ourselves, and when we don’t meet those (often unrealistic) goals, we can have feelings of failure that can ultimately lower our self-esteem. This can then trigger stress and anxiety and take a toll on our mental health — all because we haven’t first assessed our current state of well-being.

Empower your clients to engage in real-time self-assessment with a practical Mental Health Checklist. You can do this by guiding them through straightforward yet effective questions like:

  • “What are you feeling?”
  • “Are you eating regularly and drinking enough water?”
  • “Are you moving your body?”
  • “Did you take necessary breaks for yourself today?”
  • “Are you getting enough sleep?”
  • “Are you being kind to yourself?”
  • “Have you practiced mindfulness/self-connection today?”
  • “Are you showing empathy toward others?”
  • “Are you leaning on your support person/people?”
  • “What have you done to relax today?”


These strategic “check-in” questions can assist your clients in assessing their own well-being in real-time. Strengthening our self-awareness is important for a number of reasons — we become better, more confident decision-makers, learn how to communicate with clarity and intention, build better relationships by learning to trust ourselves, and respect our individual experiences and feelings.

Empowering your clients with these self-assessment guidance questions can set them on the path to knowing and understanding their daily feelings, and recognizing when they need help addressing an underlying issue or feeling.

Empowering your clients to engage in self-assessment