January is Poverty in America Awareness Month
During the month of January, consider doing some research into poverty and ways we can help out as citizens and people residing in this country.
Living at or below the poverty line is one of the greatest contributors to mental health issues and stress related illnesses.
Mental Health Awareness During COVID Times
What is Mental Health
Mental health issues can impact everything from the ability to hold down a job or complete chores and schoolwork to struggling to shower or eat or even get out of bed. These struggles can affect anyone regardless of age, gender, economic status, race, religion, or identity.
Today, more and more people are struggling with mental health, and while we slowly move from the stigmas of mental illness and going to therapy, we are more able to help those that need it. During these strange and difficult times, it is more important than ever to take care of yourself, both physically and mentally.
Low-Cost Tips and Tricks to Self-Care
Some ways to practice self care include:
- Eating a well balanced diet
- Drinking enough water daily
- Getting enough sleep
- Having a reliable sleep schedule
- Practicing self love
- Getting in touch with your own emotions
- Taking time for yourself to do something you want
- Participating in a hobby you enjoy
- Doing something relaxing, like lighting a candle or taking a bubble bath
- Scheduling social media or news breaks to give your brain some stress-free time
- Moving your body! Exercise releases endorphins that make you feel good.
- Going for a walk or a hike
- Looking at or tending to plants
- Singing your favorite song
- Dancing with yourself or your family
- Rewatching an old favorite movie or TV show
- Baking cookies! You will have a yummy treat and your home will smell amazing!
- Drawing, writing, coloring, painting, or creating something
- Cuddling a pet
- Doing yoga
- Connecting with your family, friends, or place of worship or religion
- Avoiding your triggers, or things that stress you out
- Practicing saying no when you don't want to, or can't, do something
- Practicing not feel guilty for taking a break and not being constantly productive
Diversity & Equity Committee Member Spotlight
Every month this year we will be spotlighting a different member of the Diversity & Equity Committee. In this space they will be able to talk about what they do at ASUA, why they are on the committee, and what they like to do in their free time!
This month's spotlight is Ranika Cheeves.