by Dayna Enalls

This phrase has been said many times before – “your mental health is just as important as your physical health.” Now more than ever, people are seeking therapists to manage the anxieties and uncertainties of the Covid-19 pandemic. People have also been coping with the pandemic by exercising, spending time with family and friends virtually or in small groups as well as starting a new hobby.

It is important to take care of yourself first so that you have the energy, ability, and mindset to assist others with their needs. Taking care of yourself may include positive conversations with yourself and others, eating healthy, taking a nap, having a spa day, writing in a journal, exercise or venting your thoughts with a trusted individual. Mental health often correlates with your physical health. Negative thoughts and feelings may affect your food choices, body posture, physiology, and energy to participate in activities. Whether you suffer from anxiety and depression or not, it is crucial to speak positive affirmations to yourself and focus on optimistic thoughts for encouragement. It is also important to know that you are not alone and there are many resources to help.

East West Connection encourages its community to switch from “surviving to thriving” throughout this pandemic. Check out East West Connection’s “Joy Connection Series” to gain some tips on how to incorporate mindfulness, healthy eating, exercise, positivity among other ideas in your everyday life.

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” – Abraham Lincoln