Today is World Mental Health Awareness Day

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Did you know that over 450 million people worldwide have mild to serious mental health issues including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress and bipolar disorder? That is a whole lot of people. If you are one who suffers, you are not alone. And if you don’t have a mental health issue, you certainly know someone who does. These issues can be overwhelming and a huge challenge. It’s important for women to get the support and help that they need as they face mild issues and the more serious ones.

With this in mind, Philosophy has created the hope & grace initiative as part of their “unending commitment to support mental health and well being.” I know that it benefits me to take self-care breaks with bath and body products, but this program takes their mission to another level. They have made a brand-wide commitment to the cause and are the first major beauty brand to do so. 1% of all Philosophy USA net sales supports community-based mental health efforts. This isn’t just for one day and it isn’t just for a single product, it’s everyday across all of their product lines. When you purchase Philosophy, it’s great for you or the lucky person you gift it to and you’re also helping women through the hope & grace initiative. Grants from this program will benefit thousands of women!

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In honor of Mental Health Awareness Day, here are some self-care tips that can help all of us. These are from author Gabrielle Bernstein and are brought to us by Glamour.com.

  • Begin each day positively. Happiness is your choice, so if you wake up feeling grumpy, remember that you can choose to be happy.
  • Think of yourself as a lighthouse. It’s OK to feel your feelings, good or bad (in fact, it’s much better than disassociating from them), but use the lighthouse idea to rise above the trauma in your life and allow it to flow freely around you.
  • Move. The human body needs to move, and movement is imperative for the lymphatic system to work properly and to oxygenate your cells. Bounce, jump, dance, or do whatever it takes to move the tension out of your body and get your blood flowing.

Let’s continue to be aware, take good care of ourselves and support this worthy cause!

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