Check your mental health

When it comes to our mental health, recognising, or admitting we’re not 100% or ‘not ourselves’ isn’t always that easy. When we do realise or admit we need some extra TLC or support, what do we do then? 

Sometimes we might feel or sense we’re different to our normal, although unable to pinpoint why exactly. 

For example, “I should jump Flynn today, but I really can’t face it”, or, “Why am I dreading competing this weekend ?”  [when I’m normally so excited] or “Why do I feel so on edge today?”.  Is this simply tiredness, or is there more to it?

Another time, we might be unsure whether what we are thinking, feeling, experiencing is ‘normal’, especially if we keep quiet about it. Eg. “I think I may be struggling a bit at the moment, but who can I speak to about it?”, or “Is it normal to feel this overwhelmed riding for a particular owner? ” or “Riding’s supposed to be fun! Why am I not enjoying it lately?”.  



Do you think you are mentally healthy?
When thinking about your riding, do you feel able to manage or overcome setbacks or disappointments?
Are you good at taking a break(s) during the day, even if it’s spending quiet moments with a horse, having a cup of tea or a chat, or perhaps at work, taking a break from your desk?
Have self-harm or end of life thoughts crossed your mind?
Do you find aspects of riding, or life in general, particularly stressful?
Are you experiencing a sense of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, failure, or feel bullied or permanently on edge?
If something is bothering you, do you feel able to have a conversation with someone about it?
If something unexpected happens, riding wise or not, are you good at crisis management, decision making, problem solving?
Have you experienced any behavioural changes lately? Eg lack of concentration, confidence slipping, changing sleep patterns, dietary changes, feeling ‘stressed out’, sluggish, fidgety, restless, irritable?
Are you optimistic about your riding and what you’d like to achieve?
Please complete the quiz above to see your results