Encantado Magazine 2018 March Issue - Page 44

A Better YOU Written by: Gina C De Baca H ello and welcome to the March edition of A Better You! I am hoping everyone has kept up with their resolutions for the new year or have at least committed to making small changes that benefit your overall well-being. March is our final month with our self-care series. We will be learning how to take care of our emotional and spiritual well-being. To me, these are the most important parts of ourselves to care for, yet the ones that are often overlooked. This can stem from trying to stay strong for everyone around us and disappoint- ment. our being. We must be very careful to ensure we are caring for ourselves. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves, there is no possible way we are giving 100% to our family, friends, job, or anything else. So, what exactly is emotional well-being? In a nutshell, it is an individual’s ability to func- tion in society and meet the demands that life throws at us. Now that we know what it is, let’s discuss how it is related to our mental health. If we are not in a positive emotional state, we can fall into an unhealthy mental state, such as anxiety, stress, or even depression. There are many things we can do to increase our emotional self-care. Many we do constant- ly without even realizing it. The one I struggle with the most is keeping expectations of my- self and others realistic. Letting people down is not something I like to do, and I will pretty much do anything necessary to ensure I can follow through, even on the most unrealistic expectations. Some days I feel like I need to be Wonder Woman and most of the time I cast that expectation on myself. The flip side to that is while I consistently go above and beyond, I tend to expect it from others. I must remind myself that we are all only capable of so much, even myself. When I feel myself lacking in these areas I step back and evaluate why I am feeling what I am feeling and figure out how to get back on track. For many years I poured everything I was and everything I had into everyone and everything but me. Over time I became tired, bitter, angry, and strayed away from my faith. My overall An FW"FVBF7G'VvvRvF26WGFr&VЦVFFV6ƖVBB6Ɩ&rWBbFRG&V67F2v2vvFW"v7FGW2vW2v2BV7W7BvR&VƖWfRFBvRfRF&RWfW'FpFWfW'RBWfW'Fs6WGFr&VƗ7F0bRFB6&Rf"W"VFB7"v2W2FVV6W"FGFBvVvPGVvV&VrRv7BƖVǒB6&P&R&RF66Ɨ6FVW"vV&Vpf"W"VF"66VFVFW"bvR&fW2V&VƗ7F2v26WBW2Wf"F6Ц6&VBvG&6RFWfW''BbFVBBfW&Rv6&2W2&WGFW"