October is Emotional Wellness Month, and with so many overwhelming circumstances this year, mental and emotional health is more important than ever.
It's vital to take note of your mental and emotional well-being, and tend to it if it needs uplifting. I've always had a healthy level of self-awareness regarding my feelings, actions, and subconscious - but what I was missing was what to do about all of those feelings and how to care for them. Being in my Masters program for Art Therapy and Counseling has helped this and has changed my life - personal, business, and artistic - for the better.
I thought I would share some tools I've been learning and some art-based activities to help address your emotional well-being. Artistic skill has no relevance here! These directives do not need ANY artistic talent; the focus is on your expressing of emotions. Please note, I am not a licensed art therapist, but in-training; these are not meant to provide any personal therapy, but to help you be more aware of your emotions and be, hopefully, calming.
Probably the most important thing I've learned in this program so far is that you can't take care of others until you take care of yourself. If you have ever flown anywhere, you know the safety instructions: Do not attempt to help others with their oxygen until you have secured yours. It is the same thing with your mental and emotional well-being: if you are not taking care of yourself, you may not be able to fully or properly care for your loved ones.
The next thing I am learning - right now actually, through my Trauma course - is that you might not even realize that you've been affected by something until it totally takes over you. The psyche and subconscious do some tricky things in order to protect you, so you might think you're a-okay until suddenly you are overwhelmed out of nowhere. This is why it is so important to be aware of your feelings, address even the tiniest things that make you feel off, and regularly check in with yourself. Below I share some ways to do that!