Checking in With Yourself: Change from Inside Out (Part 3 of 3)

This is the final part in the 3-part series about keeping ourselves accountable when we want to create change in life. We’ve identified how there are many ways to continue to work from the inside out:

  • Use positive and active communication techniques

  • Being authentic and acting with integrity

  • Practice being open, flexible, and being empathic with others

  • Doing vs. being

  • Taking calculated risks


The last area of life with a significant role in supporting psychological wellness is taking of physical health. Our physical health isn’t just about eating right and exercising, but also sleeping enough, using good stress management, and building in time each week for fun and relaxation.


One of the main contributors of stress is not providing the body with adequate rest. The increased use of technology, specifically phones and tablets, is causing significant sleep deprivation. We are functioning on fewer hours of sleep while packing our days with more and more tasks. The average adult requires 6-7 hours of sleep a night.


As mentioned in the beginning, this series wraps up with a few reflective questions to help get you moving in the right direction!


Reflective questions:

  1. When I review the 6 areas from this series, how would I rate myself in each category if the scale was “1 = not showing up at all to 10 = being myself and happy with it”

  2. What one area of life am I committed to changing?

  3. What’s one small thing I could start to focus on changing today?

  4. Who are my support team members willing to provide feedback and to help me while I am working on these changes? Would it be helpful to work with a therapist to help shift my emotional and psychological stuck points?

  5. Is there a passion or interest in my life I’m not engaged in at the moment that would help with these 6 areas? If yes, what keeps me from this passion?

  6. Using the 6 areas in this series, identify two areas of strength. What can I do each day to maintain these strengths?

Putting all of those things together requires some effort, but not impossible! If you’re stuck and need outside support from an objective, unbiased person be vulnerable and courageous and find a therapist that’s right for you!


Dr. Erika McElroy

Smooth Rock Psychological Services, LLC










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