World Mental Health Day has a new meaning in 2020. In a year where our lives have been turned upside down, the anxiety and trauma that we’ve all faced amidst the COVID-19 pandemic acts as both a challenge to overcome and a universal experience that unites us all.
At Local Eclectic we believe in the importance of making mental health a top of mind discussion to end the stigma and create safe spaces to share our experiences and process our emotions. Studies show that 1 in 5 adults in the US experience mental illness, with only 43.3% of those affected receiving treatment.
World Mental Health Day aims to raise awareness of mental health issues around the world and mobilize efforts in support of mental health. We asked the Local Eclectic team to share how they manage their mental health with their own daily rituals. Read on for tips from our team and remember, you’re never alone.
“I find anxiety to be like stress without the adrenaline... like if you wake up and realize "Oh no! I have to move my car before I get a ticket!’ that's stressful, but there's an answer of what you need to do and a call to action. But without that adrenaline and action I find giving myself small tasks and a minute to explore what I'm feeling to be the best method for me. We spend so much time checking in on loved ones, we deserve to spend time checking in ourselves with the same understanding and reassurance.” - Steffi
“I go to therapy every other week. My therapist helps me to remember to be more present in my body when feelings of stress and anxiety start to take over. When I'm feeling especially anxious, I try to check in with my breath and posture. Regulating those things helps me to focus on the here and now and get less caught up in overwhelming thoughts.” - Madeline
“When I'm feeling anxious or stressed I usually try to do some sort of exercise like going for a walk and listening to one of my favorite podcasts to clear my head. If that doesn't work, I'll have a glass of wine and meditate in bed.” - Kate
“I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression throughout my entire life, and I’m always so grateful to people and organizations who use their platform to speak openly and honestly about it to help end the stigma of mental illness, especially during a time that’s been so emotionally and mentally trying for us all. My go to remedy when I’m experiencing anxiety or panic is an equal breathing exercise to lower my heart rate and become more present in the moment. I also find writing gratitude lists to be especially helpful when I’m feeling down.” - Sam
Thanks to the LE team for sharing tips for managing their mental health! We’ll be taking some time today to check in with ourselves, feel gratitude, and most importantly: breathe.