October is Emotional Wellness Month. As we come to an end of Mental Illness Awareness Week, we are still committed to educate our community on the important of checking in with your mental wellbeing.
During this pandemic, our emotional health can take a toll because of new stressful circumstances from shelter-in-place orders, racial movements, the upcoming election, etc. This all could be very emotionally taxing to our personal well-being.
Stress comes into all of our lives in varying amounts, and sometimes our emotional health are at risk. However, recognizing and understanding our stress can help us learn how to cope with these feelings.
Reducing stress includes the basics like a health diet, having enough sleep, and increase physical activity to reduce overall anxiety.
You can also manage your stress by journaling, meditating, yoga, and practicing on your breathing.
The state of mindfulness comes from meditation and yoga, which focuses on being intensely aware of what you are sensing and feeling in the moment. Mindfulness is all about paying attention to your present, without any judgement.
The best part of practicing mindfulness? You can practice it at any time! You can do this before you get out of bed, while eating lunch, during your afternoon walk, and so on. It is simply paying attention to your body, mind, and feeling in the present moment.
Connect with Others
With COVID-19, we understand it is difficult to connect with your loved ones. However, the fact still remains that humans are social creatures.
Remembering the relationships in your life will help you keep connected. Without these connections, we may feel lonely or isolated. Even with social distancing, it is a great time to call or text the people to feel emotionally connected.
Tips to Improve Your Emotional Wellness
- Treating myself with kindness
- Carving out time for fun
- Finding magic in the mundane
- Putting bad habits to rest
- Noticing the little things
- Celebrating my uniqueness
- Illuminating my optimism
- Making the most of the moment
Remember, pandemics can be stressful. Let October be your reset month to develop positive habits to be more emotionally healthy. It is important to not only accept what we cannot control, but also focus on what we can do.
The Lash Drip is committed to helping all people live mentally healthier lives. We are partnered with Mental Health America to provide programs and initiatives in their mission to promote mental health!
YOUR donation goes towards helping MHA prevent mental illness through advocacy, education, research, and services.