May Mental Health Awareness: Intentions- Week Two by Ivy Moran
Happy Mental Health Awareness month!
We support you making strides towards improving your mental wellness every month, however, the month of May allows us to celebrate a bit extra. Cheers!
So, let’s chit-chat about what constitutes mental health.
First off, mental health encompasses 3 components:
- Emotional well-being
- Psychological well-being
- Social well-being
At IvyMay, we romanticize making our insides feel just as good as our outward presence-- and we want this for you, too! It’s important to be conscious of the complexities of mental health and not to be weary out of fear of the unknown.
In a perfect world, personal investments such as journaling in Mindset Journal “Growth,” therapy, or taking morning walks would be just as ordinary as it is to skip grocery shopping and order take-out. (Mmmm, no dishes!)
These personal investments, if practiced over time, can help reduce the potential of physical health risks.
Okay, light your candle, grab a snack, and let us get theoretical for a second.
The escape-from-self theory suggests that non-rational choices and self-destructive behavior go hand-in-hand (Kim & Jahng, 2019). That is, self-defeating behaviors can arise from non-rational choices, which can lead to issues with mental wellness.
And if that’s not straightforward enough, understandably--self-esteem is the first ~out-the-door~ when making poor decisions.
Now, there isn’t a book that lays out what’s considered ‘non-rational decisions’ because it’s a case-by-case basis. But if you must insist, here’s a few:
- Wearing yourself ‘too thin’ (leading to burn-out)
- Buying soil from big box companies (leading to missing out on our Organic Potting Mixes)
- Drinking too much coffee (leading to increased heart-rate and anxiety for some)
- Being too critical on yourself (leading to lowered self-esteem)
--But not to worry, you’ll escape faster than Alice did from her rabbit hole.
So, with the conscious awareness that mental wellness is required for the mind and body to thrive, actions towards enhancing it at every opportunity will be routine.
Quit the self-sabotage, you’re beautiful babe. Treat your emotional, psychological, and social well-beings well! They’re all you got!
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