Check in on yourself and those you love

By Claire Rosenecker

The past two years have been full of constant change – in jobs, families, routines, how we interact with others, and our life perspective. For many, these changes haven’t been easy. For others, the COVID-19 pandemic has been the wake-up call to realize that life is short, and caring for ourselves and those around us should be a top priority.

Each New Year brings hope for experiencing positive and healthy growth in our lives. With this in mind, we should aspire to make 2022 a year of growth amidst the uncertainties of each new day. One of the best ways to achieve this growth is to routinely check in on ourselves and those we love.

Help yourself grow. To best care for those around you, start by caring for yourself. Checking in on yourself helps you see what aspects of your life are going well and what areas could use some improvement or additional support. Start by asking:

  • How am I feeling – mentally, emotionally, and physically?
  • Am I happy with where I am in life?
  • Is taking care of myself and my well-being a priority?

As you answer these questions, remind yourself that it is okay to not be okay. Actively work to improve your wellbeing and seek out opportunities for growth. While doing this, remember that reaching out for additional support from a professional is one way to attain the help that you are seeking.

Help your loved ones grow. In addition to focusing on your own personal growth in 2022, it’s important to be aware of those around you. Consider asking your loved ones, friends, and coworkers how they are doing. If they have been exhibiting concerning behaviors, try asking:

  • How are you really doing?
  • It seems like you’ve been struggling lately. Do you want to talk about it?
  • Would you be willing to talk to someone about what you’re going through?

Listening to those you care about is one of the best ways to show them love and support, and to encourage them to grow. If you notice they’ve been struggling lately or don’t seem like themselves, consider having a conversation with them about ways they can get additional support. Not only should you remind yourself that it’s okay not to be okay, but remind those you love, as well.

Horizon Health Services is here to help you and your loved ones grow this New Year. We offer individual counseling for those looking to make healthy changes in their lives. Learn more about our Marriage & Family therapy, Parent & Family support group, and Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) program as you embark on your journey of growth at To make an appointment or ask questions, call us at 716-831-1800.

Claire Rosenecker is a corporate communications coordinator at Horizon Health Services.