This year's World Mental Health Day, on October 10, comes when our daily lives have changed considerably as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Rising awareness of the importance of mental health is the first step to becoming better societies. Anxiety, stress, grief, and uncertainty are some of the most increasing feelings during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic. We need to remember that it's okay not to be okay at challenging times.
Some have lost jobs, opportunities, loved ones; some face harsh economic situations; some might be forced to move or relocate or look for other ways of surviving. Now more than ever, coming together as a community is needed. In my talk with Dr. Aurelie Lucette, where we speak about Language and Mental Health, we talked about the importance of voicing what we feel and what we experience, but also the importance of reaching out to our family members, friends, colleagues, classmates, and every other human being and ask if they need support.
One of the hardest things to do when dealing with conditions like depression or anxiety is to ask for help.
On this day, I want to make sure you leave this article by sending a text to that friend you have not spoken to in a while or reaching out to someone in your community to ask how they are doing. We are all human; we are all going through hardships. Extending your hand can be one of the most amazing things to do at this time to help others and to enhance the power of social support.
If you are struggling with your own emotional state, I want to encourage you to practice emotional disclosure. You can do this by writing down your emotions or talking them with a friend or loved one. Research has shown that repressed emotions like depression and anger lead to chronic issues like hypertension (high blood pressure), cardiovascular disease, digestive disorders, and a weak immune system.
The worse thing to do is to keep these emotions to yourself. If you cannot get help from friends and family, always look for professional support. My favorite mental health providers on the gram are:
Events happening today:
On World Mental Health Day, October 10, the World Health Organization will, for the first time ever, host a global online advocacy event on mental health. At this event—the Big Event for Mental Health—world leaders, mental health experts, and celebrity guests will join WHO Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, to tell the world what we can all do to improve our mental health and how we can help make sure that quality mental health care is available to everyone who needs it.
Watch the Big Event for Mental Health
Tune in from one of WHO's social media channels:
Start time: 10:00 New York, 16:00 Geneva, 19:30 New Delhi
The event will last approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.
The World Women Conference & Awards Atlanta team has their October Awareness Virtual Event. It's happening Saturday, October 10, 2020. The event starts at 1 pm-2:30 pm EST. They will have 3 dynamic speakers discussing their personal stories about domestic violence, mental health, and breast cancer. Register here.
8:00 am - 9:00 am - Guided Meditation with Becky Hesseltine
9:00 am - 10:15 am - Yoga w/ Twyla (from Samya Yoga Healing) STREAMED
10:30 am - 11:30 am- Mindfulness Mandala w/ Lauren from Alpine Arts Center
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm - "A Mental Health Toolkit for COVID-19" - a lunch and learn with Dr. Justin Ross
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm - Financial Wellness Basics with Michelle and Cornerstone Insurance and Financial
2:00 pm - 2:45 pm - Practical Steps to Taking Control of Your Life with Tess Johnson - US Freestyle Skiing Team
As a loyal supporter of mental health awareness, I'm giving a 50% discount on my Cortisol Hack Program this weekend.
Learn all about how stress and anxiety can impact your hormonal health, learn to identify the differences between stress and chronic stress, and, most importantly, learn adequate tools to manage your very day stress.
For an extensive list of resources for those struggling with their mental health at this time, visit the National Institute of Mental Health.
Videos to watch:
(or $5 if you don't have the $$$)
Favorite Mental Wellbeing apps:
Headspace (Meditation go to)
Jour (Daily Self-Care Journal)
Remember that your mind and body are interconnected through your thoughts, emotions, and feelings. It is never something to be afraid of or ashamed to speak up about what you are feeling. If you cannot find support within your community, please reach out to me by DM or email. Although I'm not a medical health care professional, I might have a way to connect you to a health care provider, and besides professional help, I'm always here to help you. You are not alone.