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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.  

For Adults:

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 

Juvenile Titles:

(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

Early Titles:

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!

The National Institute of Health Emotional Wellness Toolkit

How to Meditate: Mindful.org

6 Ways to Improve Your Emotional Health: Psychology Today

Emotional Wellness Activities for Students and Families

Ten Golden Tips For Emotional Wellness

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.