Mental Health Tune-Up

Published on January 8, 2021

When stressed, the drive for success or chaos ensues, we might forget about our mental health.  We might be so busy striving or surviving that we aren’t in check with how we are feeling emotionally, physically or psychologically.  So how can you tell if you are out of balance?

Here are some indications that your mental health could use a tune-up:

1. Sleep

Are you able to sleep at night, or are you waking up in the middle of the night?  If your rest hasn’t been great, be curious if it is due to worry, stress, anxiety or alcohol use.

2. Energy

What are your energy levels like?  Are you waking up exhausted even after a full nights sleep?  Are you feeling fatigued more often than not?  Our energy levels can give us a good idea if we are pushing too hard and entering an exhaustion phase.

3. Exercise

How much physical activity are you doing?  Exercise helps us to focus, destress and stay physically healthy.

4. Emotions

Do you feel numb, agitated, or more teary than usual?  Do you understand what you are feeling?  Emotions give us information about how we are feeling about ourselves those around us, and other stressors in our life.

5. Conflict

Are you finding yourself in more conflicts than usual?  Are you snapping at your friends or colleagues?  When we hold our feelings in or get too tense, we can lash out at others.

6. Isolation

Are you feeling isolated or isolating yourself?  Are you avoiding your friends and family?  When we are depressed or overwhelmed, we might want to avoid others, but this can be a bad idea if we isolate ourselves for too long.

7. Pain

Are you feeling pain in your body without being physically sick?  When we lose track of our mind and body, we might feel inflammation, muscle soreness, stomach aches, chest pain and headaches.


If you would like to set up an appointment please contact me on +852 2521 4668 or email I can offer both an online session via Skype or a face to face session.

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Written by:

Dr Monica Borschel

Registered Clinical Psychologist (HK)

Dr. Borschel specializes in Attachment, trauma and Loss. She is experienced in helping adults, teens, children, and families adjust to anxiety, trauma, abuse, divorce, separation, loss of a loved one, and loss of finance. This may include deciding what is in the best interest of the children during custody disputes, strengthening the relationship and communication between the parents and the children.

From Nov 2020 Dr. Borschel is only available for online consultations.

Dr. Borschel’s attachment-based therapy along with EMDR and Brainspotting enables her clients to find healing within themselves. In so doing, she can help her clients to overcome anxiety, trauma, neglect, emotional, verbal, physical abuse, and child abuse.

Furthermore, as an attachment specialist, she also helps individuals understand relationship patterns which prevent them from developing or maintaining healthy relationships. She is able to help reduce anxiety, insomnia, depression and promote confidence and self-esteem.

Dr. Borschel is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.A. She graduated with her Masters in Clinical Psychology from Columbia University in New York City. She later moved to Hong Kong to pursue her doctorate at the University of Hong Kong in Social Work and Social Administration.

Registered Clinical Psychologist with The Hong Kong Society of Counseling and Psychology (HKSCP). Member of the American Psychological Association (APA), The British Psychological Society (BPS), and the Hong Kong Family Law Association (HKFLA).

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