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To look at yourself, look at your outlook

OUTLOOK: Your wellbeing encompasses more than just your physical and psychological health. Outlook is an aspect of your mental health; it is the gauge of how you view the world and interact with it. You could say that it is the way you look out of yourself and how do you feel about what you see. It encompasses passions, obsessions, emotions, spirituality, flexibility and fortitude. Your outlooks reflects your standards (what they are and whether or not you meet them), your desires (the same), your ability to make a change, and your view of where you stand in your corner of the world.

  • Are you generally content with your life? If not, what areas bother you?
  • Do you feel overly pessimistic?
  • Are you lonely a lot?
  • Do you feel people pester you too much?
  • Do you often feel misunderstood?
  • Do you find it hard to understand others?
  • Do you look forward to meeting new people?
  • Do you wish to avoid people often or always?
  • Do you feel optimistic about your future? The world’s future?
  • Do you think everything is okay and the world’s problems is media-made?
  • Do you have a sense of impending disaster?
  • Do you feel well-balanced – content enough but with goals and plans?
  • Do you feel as if you have enough support?
  • Do you feel abandoned by people you considered to be friends?
  • Do you believe in God? If so?
  • Do you pray regularly?
  • Do you bring your troubles to the Lord?
  • Do you bring your triumphs and thanks to the Lord?
  • Do you attend church or belong to a group of followers?
  • Do you have a hobby or interest to enjoy in your free time?
  • Do you feel a sense of accomplishment at your job, with your studies, or with other obligations?
  • Do you keep in touch with people?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping due to worries?

Again, the list could go on and on, but I believe you get my drift. When taking stock of your life, it is essential to look at your current disposition objectively – not as you wish you were feeling/thinking/acting, but as you truly are – and see where improvements need to be made and where you need not expend more energy. (For example, if you sometimes find the world to be a scary hellhole, you are in sync with most of its inhabitants. If you are continually afraid, however, to travel or attend social functions, you may want to talk to someone about your fears. An occasional thought about slugging your boss or neighbor or best friend is not necessarily bothersome; a constant desire to do so should be addressed.)

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