How to take care of your emotional wellness

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) – October is Emotional Wellness Month and depending on your constant daily demands, your emotional health can be negatively impacted.

This month is a great time to focus on and identify your biggest stress offenders. To help you out, our health expert Karen Owoc is here with some daily self-care tips that can help you deal with it and calm down.

Stress weakens the immune system

Stress can affect the immune system. When you are stressed, the stress hormone cortisol is released, which can suppress your body’s ability to fight off foreign invaders. Therefore, people who are under chronic stress tend to get sick more often.

Give yourself some time to free yourself from the overwhelming pressures that are drastically affecting your daily life and longevity.

Self-care activities

  1. Review your budget.

• Money problems can be a source of stress. By creating a plan that is tailored to your savings, income, and personal goals, you can alleviate your anxiety.

• Adjust your spending habits as necessary to plan for the future.

• Plan a vacation that fits your financial plan to improve your emotional wellbeing.

  1. Learn something new

If you used to spend 3 hours a day commuting to and from work by working at home, you may have up to 15 extra hours to fend for yourself.

• Watch some of the TEDx talks.

• TEDx calls must not last longer than 18 minutes. According to the TEDx organization, 18 minutes is long enough to be taken seriously but short enough to grab your attention.

• A motivating 3-minute TEDx talk: “Try Something New for 30 Days” presented by Matt Cutts.

• Take online courses. For example, Skillshare and Masterclass online learning communities that offer real-life courses – from business, photography, music, design, creative writing to entrepreneurship.

  1. Start a gratitude journal

• Gratitude is a learned skill. It’s a perfect antidote to when you’re feeling stressed out. When you’re stressed out, it’s hard to focus on anything else.

• Keeping a gratitude journal has been shown to change your perspective. It can improve your relationships, life, and health.

• Write down the things you are grateful for, from things like the little kindnesses you received that day to your health.

  1. Cook and bake

• Healthy cooking is a form of self-care. Experiment in the kitchen. Be in the moment.

• Learn basic knife and cooking skills at your own pace.

• There are online cooking schools, YouTube, and thousands of food blogs on the internet to learn these skills.

• Cook / bake with your children while they are at home. Children learn while cooking. You learn:

• Reading – building up new vocabulary and following step-by-step instructions

• Science – biology (how plants grow) and chemistry (how cooking works)

• Math – measuring, numbers, counting, shapes, patterns, proportions

• Motor skills – stirring, cutting, pouring, etc.

• Generates retention time.

• Make family memories that your children will treasure forever.

• Build healthy habits while young and suggestible.

• Teaches a life skill.

• Produces less fussy eaters. Children usually eat what helped them plan and prepare.

  1. Clean up and rearrange your home

• What better time to do something you never had time to do before. Since you will spend more time in your home (and many with multiple family members), tidying up will give you more space.

• Letting go of old, unused clothes, household items and toys can be very liberating and force you to decide what is really important to you.

• Much cleaning is essential during this time. By tidying up your home, it becomes easier to clean.

• Refurbishing your home allows you to see your world from a different perspective, which can always spark some creativity and positivity.

  1. See something funny!

• Turn off the news. Instead of bombarding you with negativity, watch shows or movies that make you laugh, hypnotize you, or transport you to another time and place.

• Watch favorite childhood shows or movies as they can be a way to calm down, relax, and feel grounded in the turbulence of life.

• Watch sitcoms or stand-up comedy shows. Laughter releases endorphins (natural pain relievers that induce positive feelings) that can reduce stress, depression, negative thinking, and feelings of isolation.

Take away: Autumn is the time of change. It’s the perfect time of year to do things that you didn’t have time to do before

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