October is Emotional Wellness Month: Mind Your Own Business

SAN ANGELO – October is Emotional Wellness Month, so you will see additional wellness content throughout the month.

According to wellness expert Anna Smith, RDN, they start with tips to help you achieve a positive mindset. Use these five tips to confidently say goodbye to negativity all month long.

Life is too short to let negative self-talk creep into our lives. We know that many people work hard on individual health goals and we want to support them in maintaining a positive attitude. Use the tips below to say no to negative self-talk.

1. Don’t follow any more

Yes, we said it. Whether you agree or not, social media is ubiquitous in most of our lives. You may need to rate your feed to make sure that the people you follow are influencing or promoting you in a positive way. Make room for content that makes you feel good, spreads good news, makes you smile or laugh, and is aligned with your health goals.

2. Reconnect with friends

The pandemic has changed our routines and may have indirectly caused you to isolate yourself from some positive influences in your life. Take the time to reconnect with old friends, colleagues, coaches, mentors or neighbors. Real conversation and human connections can bring happiness to both parties.

3. Get professional support

If you find yourself going negative quickly or more often than you would like, it may be time to get extra support on your part as it could be a sign of anxiety or depression. Finding a licensed therapist could be a helpful solution. These trained professionals can help you see things from a different perspective and rediscover that optimistic point of view.

4. Practice self-care

Self-care is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Discover a new hobby to relieve stress. Start a new weekly tradition like a Sunday coffee run. Restart your exercise routine or create a new one. Make time for consistent bedtime to aid in healthy sleep. Take some time to see where you may need to put some love or attention in your daily life in order to implement some self care.

5. Use words intentionally

Try to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. Practice loud affirmations daily. If your inner critic says, “I’ll never run five miles on the treadmill,” replace that thought with “I’m about to run five miles because my hard work is paying off.” Become your greatest cheerleader by You spread positive thoughts in your life.

The bottom line

Surrounding yourself with positive messages, activities, support, and people can help you avoid negative self-talk. Keeping things positive can have a huge impact on your mood and general outlook. In case you need a reminder, you can do whatever you want to do.

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