American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes


Well-Being: Check In with Yourself

It can be easy to forget to take a moment to take stock of how you are feeling—physically, mentally, emotionally, and psychologically. Checking in with yourself can take less than five minutes. Consider asking yourself any of the following questions to assess your well-being:

  • Do you have any aches or pains that you have been ignoring?
  • Do you feel relaxed or stressed?
  • Do you feel well-rested or tired?
  • Do you feel you have a good work/life balance?
  • If you're feeling stressed, what is it you currently worry about the most and what support do you need to help manage the stress?
  • Why am I feeling this way?
  • Why can't I get things done?
  • Why am I tired, irritable, unavailable to connect?
  • Why am I getting into thought loops that play over things that happened in the past, or fret about the unknowns of the future?
  • How much time each day do you spend nurturing yourself; stopping for a refreshing drink or a healthy snack, going for a walk in the sunshine, or enjoying a favorite activity?
  • Do you have a primary care doctor?
  • Is there anything worrying you about your health that you have not yet made an appointment for to get checked out?
  • How do you feel when you wake up most mornings?
  • Do you manage to go to bed at the time you plan to most evenings?
  • What (if anything) do you need to do to improve your sleeping habits?

If you find yourself with an answer you do not like, consider consulting the ACS Surgeon Well-being Resources to find information that will help support your well-being.