October 17, 2020 | Devin Cook
What To Read: Emotional Wellness Month
October is observed as Emotional Wellness Month–a time to remind others and bring awareness of the benefits of checking in on your own emotional state. According to the National Center for Emotional Wellness, “the term refers to an awareness, understanding, and acceptance of your emotions, and your ability to manage effectively through challenges and change.” This year has thrown most of us a curveball or two, and everyone can benefit from taking time to learn new tools to better your emotional and mental health. Though May is Mental Health Awareness Month, Emotional Wellness Month is focused on five major factors: mindfulness, sleep, coping with loss, stress reduction, and managing emotions. Your mental health relies on emotional wellness!
Below you’ll find some titles that will help you learn more about what it means to be emotionally well, no matter your age. They cover subjects from meditation to how to name your emotions.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van der Kolk
The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read by Philippa Perry
Emotional Agility by Susan A. David
How Emotions Are Made by Lisa Feldman Barrett
Love For Imperfect Things by Haemin Sunim
Maybe You Should Talk To Someone by Lori Gottlieb
Permission To Feel by Mark Brackett
Radical Compassion by Tara Brach
Spontaneous Happiness by Andrew Weil, M.D.
The Unapologetic Guide to Black Mental Health by Rheeda Walker
(Don’t) Call Me Crazy by Kelly Jensen
Just Feel: How To Be Stronger, Happier, Healthier and More by Mallika Chopra
Mindfulness for Teen Worry by Jeffrey Bernstein
The Mindfulness And Acceptance Workbook For Teen Anxiety by Sheri L. Turrell, Christopher McCurry, Mary Bell
My Mixed Feelings by Elinor Greenwood
The Ship We Built by Lexie Bean
Social and Emotional Well-Being by Connie Jo Smith, Charlotte M. Hendricks, Becky S. Bennett
Surviving the Emotional Rollercoaster by Sheri Van Dijk
Bunny Breaths by Kira Willey
Calm: Mindfulness For Kids by Wynne Kinder
Connection: My Mindful Day by Katie Marsico
Gritty Kitty by John Hutton
How Do I Feel? by DK Publishing
How Full Is Your Bucket by Tom Rath
Mindfulness For Anxious Kids by Catherine Cook-Cottone, Rebecca K. Vujnovic
Taking Time by Jo Loring-Fisher
Want some quick tips on how to maintain your emotional wellness? Below are some links to resources that provide advice and more information, including activities to teach children about mindfulness!
Your emotional wellness has more of an affect on your physical health than you probably realize. Yoga can benefit both, and we have some free online yoga class recordings you can view on our Facebook page, including this session presented by True North Yoga!
Your mental health shouldn’t be considered separate from your physical health–the two go hand in hand. These books and resources aim to increase active engagement in keeping yourself emotionally healthy. Whether it be with learning mindfulness and meditation, or by simply opening up to a friend, it’s never too late to change your life for the better.