Wellness Wednesday tip: Checking in

May 13, 2020  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

By now, everyone at Michigan Medicine has experienced a wealth of emotions. Many times, you know exactly what you are feeling, while other days, you may not know the words to describe exactly what emotion you are experiencing — which only makes it that much more difficult to navigate your wellness.

Combat this uncertainty by taking a moment each day to check-in with yourself and others, to maintain your wellness and well-being.

Check-in with yourself

A moment of mindfulness every day can help identify your feelings, fluctuation in emotions, and triggers. Take a few minutes to unplug, acknowledge the emotions of the moment and day, and try deep breathing techniques.

Don’t know where to start?

The Wellness Office has a Brief Guide for Well-Being Check-in that asks a series of questions that you can facilitate with yourself, family, friends or coworkers.

Manage your sleep health

Unhealthy sleep patterns during isolation can affect emotional and mental well-being. The Department of Psychiatry has this article highlighting sleep strategies during isolation.

Additionally, the Unified Mental Health Group is hosting a webinar focused on helping you manage your sleep health during COVID-19.

Check-in with others

Take a moment each day to check-in with loved ones, friends and coworkers. Encourage those you interact with to prioritize wellness and maintain adequate sleep. Keep in mind that kindness is contagious!