09/27/20: Since social distancing started, the staff at Yancey County Empowering Youth and Families Program has been looking into fun or wacky holidays like “National Kevin Day” to celebrate during what can be a very gloomy time for most people. Some of the holidays they have participated in even raise awareness about important topics such as “Breast Cancer Awareness Day,” and some holidays last the entire month. While looking for new holidays coming up, Niki Maness, Program Assistant of Yancey County EYFP, learned that October was “Emotional Wellness Month,” a very fitting theme for 2020 and EYFP. Emotional wellness refers to the ability to process feelings in a healthy, positive way and to manage the stress of everyday life. As EYFP focuses on the prevention side of the opioid crisis and things that might lead a person to misuse substances, Emotional Wellness Month was a perfect holiday to tie in. When a person is dealing with an overabundance of emotion and no way to relieve that stress, it can plunge their nervous system into chaos. People will try any manner of healthy and unhealthy methods to cope with that internal distress. This is where poor choices, like substance misuse, can happen if a person’s emotional wellness is neglected for a long time. There are many healthy ways of coping such as meditation, exercise, art, reading, or listening to music, but forming those good habits to deal with emotional overload isn’t always easy, especially during quarantine. When in distress, it might seem easier to push away or find something to numb those emotions. Maintaining emotional wellness is essential for keeping our overall health in good condition, lest it affect our work and personal relationships.This is what makes Emotional Wellness Month so important and why Yancey County EYFP will be promoting healthy coping habits for the month of October.
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