‘Emotional Wellness Month’ in 2020
Checking into your emotional wellbeing contributes to your mental health.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A pandemic, politics and protests; These are all topics where the emotions are high and can take a toll. It’s Emotional Wellness Month and your sanity is important. This also includes checking into your emotional wellbeing.
WZDX News spoke to Huntsville Psychotherapist and Psychotherapist Monretta Vega about how to assess and manage your emotions during these troubled times.
“When we say emotional health well-being, we’re talking about the ability to check in yourself and say, ‘Hey, how am I?'” Says Vega.
According to the CDC, more than 11 percent of adults aged 18 and over experience worry, nervousness, or anxiety on a regular basis. Vega says that relieving these feelings can bring peace of mind and begins with participating in an activity.
“You just have to make sure that you have this release, the ability to let go. The ability to focus on something that is outside of our norm and outside of our daily responsibilities,” she says.
Some of these activities include the gym, cooking, and painting. “So, a coping ability, self-care, to make sure we’re fine – that is, self-esteem. Those are three important things we want to make sure we do every day,” says Vega.
Vega also promotes therapy for people who may need help to better manage their emotional wellbeing.
“We may have some family members to talk to, but having that person outside of that circle to really reveal information and process feelings and emotions that we may not feel as strong or confident about would be so beneficial right now. “
According to Vega, services can also be offered through your employer. “EAP is an employee benefit program, and some employers through HR can give you five or six sessions as well.”
There are also free services in Alabama, including calling the 211 line, according to Vega.