October is Emotional Wellness Month
Our emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing is critical to realizing a fulfilling and healthy life. Yet, how often do you think about your mental health?
If you are a busy individual, the answer may be, not much at all. We may have more things on our to-do lists than we have time for. When asked, most people I have spoken to say they wish they had more hours in the day. However, this has a trickle-down effect. When we are stressed, we are generally less productive.
Small actions, one step at a time can make a significant difference in your day.
- Schedule a Daily Check-In: Add it to your calendar first thing in the morning as a recurring event. Take 3 Diaphragmatic Breaths and then assess how you feel. If you are anxious or stressed, breathe more until you feel calm. You will be more productive if you are consistent with this. I believe that proper breathing is the natural tranquilizer of the body.
- Know yourself and how your body works is critical to managing mental health. For example, some people become more irritable and anxious when they don’t exercise. A lack of sleep also can negatively affect mental health. There are only so many days you can go without a good night’s sleep before issues may arise.
- Just Say No – Reassess your boundaries. When making decisions about requests, ask yourself: Will taking on this extra project create needless stress, or will it become a meaningful challenge? Will helping this person boost my anxiety?
- Schedule Fun/Me Time
- Once a week take time for yourself to do whatever it is that makes you laugh and disconnect. Try not to deprive yourself. Pay attention to your thoughts and words because they matter.
Remember, Happiness is a Serious Business!
Yours in health,
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