Quality of Life

Would you like to check your quality of life against the population? Get a sense of how life is for you across your mental health, relationships, self-worth, happiness, coping, pain, your senses, and your independence. 

Take the Assessment of Quality of Life AQoL-8D survey below. It measures mental-health related quality of life (what a mouthful!) and it’s a really good questionnaire. It asks about all sorts of parts of your life, like how well you can do your own tasks, how well your relationships are going, what your pain is like, if your senses are impacted, how your mental health has been, and what your happiness and self-worth levels are.

There’s a question early on that asks for an ID. If I asked you to complete this, or if you’d like me to contact you after you do the survey, please enter your email address.

If you just want to check your wellbeing and leave no details, that’s fine, just enter ‘none’ in the ID field.

Your privacy is guaranteed.  If you choose to input an email address as an ID code it will be privately stored on my secure server.

You can email yourself a copy of the results once the report has been generated, but no emails are ever collected or saved from the report page.

There’s about 40 multiple choice questions and it takes between 5-10 minutes to complete. Your de-identified answers may be used for future research purposes because tracking outcomes is an important part of good clinical practice.

If you consent, please go ahead and take the survey. 


Find out your Strengths

My clients and I love looking at life through a strengths perspective. It’s useful to pay attention to (and use) the strengths that help you every day.

A strengths focus is so much more effective at kicking us into action (kids and adults) than beating ourselves up. (We all do that.)

It’s super-easy to neglect a task and think “I’m so lazy, I couldn’t even do that!”  Sometimes it’s necessary to inspect the usefulness of a thought too. “Why is my mind calling me names? Why is my mind so convinced they will be unfriendly?”

Noticing thoughts, defusing them and letting go is hard at first, but gets easier with practice. Especially if you do some breathing exercises daily.

Same thing goes for strengths-focused self-talk. It doesn’t feel natural at first, especially if you’re used to looking at life through dark glasses.

But working on answering yourself back with a friendly, helpful voice gets easier with practice too.

“I forgot that task, but I’m always really good at remembering to have my phone with me. I’m good at keeping track of physical objects. How can I use that to help me remember abstract stuff?”

Understanding your strengths can help you make new goals, have more energy and procrastinate less.

Take the VIA Strengths survey

It’s a great free tool for ranking your character strengths. You’ll be taken to a registration page to fill in a little information and then you can complete the VIA Survey.

Once you’re done you’ll see your character strengths ranked and, if you like you can call and book an appointment to get a detailed report and some help implementing a new lens on life.