Hopeway offers emotional wellness tips to bolster mental health | Southcltweekly
CHARLOTTE – HopeWay encourages people to make their mental health and emotional wellbeing a priority in honor of Emotional Wellness Month in October and World Mental Health Day on October 10th.
HopeWay is an accredited nonprofit residential and adult mental health care center.
“As mental illness continues to grow, it is important for people to understand how to support their own mental and emotional health through simple daily activities. It is often a misconception that someone needs certain resources, such as money or extra time, to devote to their spiritual wellbeing, ”said Tom Gettelman, chief clinical officer and director of admissions. “However, we have many resources available to assist with mental well-being, and each of these activities is backed by scientific research that demonstrates its benefits and effectiveness.”
HopeWay offers six tips anyone, anywhere, can do to support or strengthen their mental health:
1. Stand in the sun. Vitamin D plays an important role in many aspects of human health, and studies have shown a link between vitamin D deficiency and symptoms of depression.
2. Use your breath. Regulating the breath through various breathing techniques helps lower blood pressure and feelings of anxiety.
3. Engage in a creative activity. Research has shown that engaging in a creative activity – like drawing or doodling, dancing to your favorite playlist, or playing an instrument – increases dopamine (the brain’s feel-good chemical).
4. Practice gratitude. Each day, write down one thing that you are grateful for. Studies have shown that gratitude and appreciation of happiness can help people sleep better, reduce stress, and improve human relationships.
5. Crying. Research shows that crying releases toxins, regulates our emotions, and relieves physical and emotional pain through the release of endorphins.
6. Acknowledge your true feelings. While negative emotions are not pleasant, studies show that “emotional acceptance” is better for general health, and through acceptance we can actually learn from the emotions rather than expend unnecessary energy pushing them away.
On the Internet: www.hopeway.org