Did you know that World Mental Health Day exists? Annually, on October 10th this day is celebrated. It is especially important for us to acknowledge this day, during a time of gun violence, loss, and natural disaster at its’ worst. We need to understand and support mental health awareness. More than 450 million people worldwide suffer from mild to serious mental health issues such as post-traumatic stress, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, self–esteem and financial stress – all of which disproportionately affect women around the world. Recognizing that mental health issues are one of the greatest challenges women face, Philosophy created the Hope & Grace Initiative which pledges an unending commitment to support mental health and wellbeing. Previously celebrity ambassadors such as Ellen Pompeo and Zelda Williams have endorsed the program.
Through inspired action, Philosophy encourages the practice of self-care, not only in soothing and replenishing the skin, but the mind and soul as well. We would love for you to take the time out of your day on World Mental Health Day with us to restore your mind with these tips from Gabrielle Bernstein, best-selling author, meditation expert, and speaker brought to you 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.
- 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.
Recently, Philosophy and the Hope & Grace Initiative for women’s mental health hosted a discussion focused on reframing wellbeing as a key to resilience and change alongside Monica Seles, 9-time Grand Slam singles tennis champion; former World No. 1; Wellness expert Stephanie Covington, PhD., Co-Director of the Center for Gender & Justice; Kavita Beri, MD, Fellow, Regenerative Cosmetics at TRI Princeton; and Marie-Pierre Stark-Flora, Global SVP, philosophy at Coty, Inc. spoke at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in Paris, France. It is here the panel discussed ways to amplify the conversation around women’s mental health.