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Practice Self-Care for Emotional Wellness Month

 

book covers for Radical Compassion, Spontaneous Happiness and The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down

October is Emotional Wellness Month. It’s a good time to remind yourself to prioritize self-care, because life throws many challenges and painful struggles our way. Of the many factors which affect our personal well-being, the things we do and the ways we think can have the greatest impact.

An old saying offers this advice: “If it is to be, it is up to me.” So, take a moment to assess your emotional wellness and make some changes to your actions and thoughts if needed. And don’t forget to be kind to yourself. Concentrate on things you can control and include the following in your routine:

  • Move: Step outside. Go for a walk, run or bike ride. Play a game or dance. Try a physical activity you enjoy and that suits your fitness level and mobility.
  • Relax: Meditation and mindfulness will help you relax by calming and focusing the mind. Use free meditation and mindfulness apps like Insight Timer or Smiling Mind.
  • Connect: Engage with people around you. Call a friend, family member or a colleague. Invest time in those people and relationships. Building connections will support you.
  • Keep learning: Try something new. Sign up for a course, learn to play an instrument or try new recipes and cooking techniques.
  • Give: Thank someone. Smile at a stranger. Volunteer your time.

Books for Betterment

  • Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
  • One of the most beloved and trusted mindfulness teachers in America offers a lifeline for difficult times: the RAIN meditation, which awakens our courage and heart.
  • Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil
  • Scientific evidence shows us that true satisfaction and well-being come only from within.
  • The Things You Can See Only When You Slow Down by Haemin Sunim
  • A renowned Buddhist meditation teacher illuminates a path to inner peace and balance, emphasizing the importance of forging a deeper connection with others and being compassionate and forgiving toward ourselves.
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