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We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Emotional Wellness Month

October 20, 2022

You must be wondering what on earth is emotional wellness month, as I did when I first learned that October is designated as emotional well-being month. Sadly, emotional well-being doesn't get more attention or acknowledgment, and if it did, Emotional Wellness Month would be more well-known.

Your emotional well-being has a significant influence on your overall health. Stress on the mind and body can cause unfavourable physical responses, a weakened immune system, and illness, to name a few effects.

Emotional health is just as important as physical health, although being more challenging to attain. However, mental health is sometimes overlooked; the following article will go into what emotional well-being is and how to take positive measures toward enhancing your emotional well-being in your daily life.

What Is Emotional Wellness?

Use this article as a reminder to unwind and rejuvenate so that you may prioritize yourself and focus on yourself. As the leaves change colour and the temperature drops, it's time to drop your worries and change your habits since the National Center for Emotional Wellness has designated October as Emotional Wellness Month since 2004. Emotional well-being is the ability to successfully deal with life's hardships, changes, and obstacles.

Being human frequently involves dealing with challenges and difficulties, but how you handle or deal with them ultimately determines how emotionally well you are. Being emotionally healthy also entails accepting all the good things in life, seeing the glass as half-full rather than half-empty, and maintaining a healthy emotional balance.

If you struggle with emotional wellness, don't worry—you're not alone. I know it may be challenging to have an optimistic outlook on life, especially when it presents you with many obstacles. Even though I write about emotional health, I continue to strive to enhance my emotional well-being daily by experimenting with various techniques and tactics. I've provided a list of advice for improving emotional well-being that has also been helpful to me below.

How to Optimize Your Emotional Wellness

1. Take Care of Your Physical Well-being

Your bodily and emotional selves are intertwined; they are not distinct from one another. Your mental and physical well-being are interconnected, so if you improve one, the other will follow. Some examples of how to do this include:

Get quality sleep - Your likelihood of feeling well when you get up will increase with how well you sleep. When you sleep, your body rejuvenates and takes care of itself. If you don't get enough sleep each night, you'll become sleep deprived, and your physical and mental health may suffer.

Eat nutritious meals -  Your body will feel well if you properly nourish your body and ensure it receives all the essential nutrients from the various food categories. You could feel irritable, hungry, and weak if you take in less food than your body needs. You'll feel better if you provide your body with the nutrition and energy sources it needs.

Exercise -  Moving about or even regular exercise can improve your mood by generating feel-good endorphins. Going on a stroll may help you decompress, move your body, reduce stress, and be good for your mental well-being.

2.     Strengthen social connections

If you are in emotional distress, reach out to the people you love and care about because you are not alone, and they care about you. Talk to others about your feelings on purpose so that you might learn to understand them. Ask them about their feelings so you can have access to alternative points of view. Additionally, being sociable and going out might improve your mood by providing a diversion and getting you outside doing activities you like. Examples include volunteering, hanging out with friends, or joining an online class.  

Remember to ask for help if you need it.  You are not alone in needing support; everyone has stressful times. It would help if you spoke with a close friend, relative, mental health professional, or both. An excellent way to start is by asking someone you trust to listen so you may vent, get it out of your system, or gain other people's perspectives to learn how they would handle the situation.

3.     Practice mindfulness

Being fully aware of all that is happening at the moment, both what is happening inside and around you, is the essence of mindfulness. Some examples include:

Find a work/school life balance - Your body cannot run on autopilot just by functioning nonstop. You should schedule a time to engage in activities you like for your mental health. It would be best if you made time for personal enjoyment and relaxation, so finding a work-life balance is essential.

Establish Boundaries - Frustration, worry, and stress can be brought on by feeling overwhelmed, like you have no escape, or poorly managing your priorities. Making sure you have alone time, prioritizing, and putting your emotional and physical well-being first are just a few examples of how to create boundaries. Other examples include having clear goals for yourself and communicating your true feelings to others.

Accept yourself - We hold ourselves to greater standards than we would others, and most of the time, we are the harshest critics of our lives and behaviour. Adopting a positive self-concept is the first step in living a better, healthier life. Writing down your thankfulness, making little lifestyle adjustments, surrounding yourself with encouraging people, and creating affirmations are a few examples of modest things you can do to support your attempts to enhance your emotional well-being.

If we all want to maintain a strong sense of emotional well-being, there is no better time to start than now. Even while each of these changes might seem like a minor step in and of itself, when you combine them, you will begin to see improvements in your emotional well-being.

A smart place to start is by completing your research, changing one aspect of your lifestyle at a time, and starting small. I hope that this article served as a wake-up call for you to the need to start caring for your emotional well-being since both positive and negative behaviours we engage in as part of our daily routines may have an impact on our well-being.