When I think of the month of October, I generally think of Breast Cancer Awareness Month but when I started to do some research, I realized that it’s basically the month to be aware of your health in general but not just your physical but also your mental well-being. Sometimes we forget that they go hand in hand and could make the other worse.
A few years ago, when I started on my journey to take better care of myself not just physically, but spiritually and mentally, by the way, I’m not doing too good with the weight part of it. I blamed COVID at first now I’m blaming Menopause but seriously I’m slowly working on all these concerns with practices such as mediation, reading more, and slowly making better food choices. While I still have weight to lose, I’m slowly adding more veggies to my options and saying NO to bacon. I’m also opting for broiled vs fried and not putting butter on everything, yes, we Latinos also put butter even on our crackers way before it was a trend.
So, in honor of World Mental Health Month, I signed up for a How to be Happy for No Reason Class. Also, for months now I find myself listening to mediation music in the car and in the house, as I just feel the need to give this fast-paced brain of mine a break. I accepted that I have some form of ADHD and I understand that if I don’t start to give my body better nutrition and sleep, I could even have mental illnesses down the line.
Basically, I’m dedicating this October edition to the awareness of taking better care of YOURSELF. I for one stopped allowing anyone to make me feel guilty about taking ME time. And I suggest you do the same. This month we have articles on retreats, eating more fish, the benefits of tomatoes, getting in touch with your spiritual side, taking breaks for your mental health, yoga, and organizing your life. I love our cover story title; “To build a garden is to believe in the Future” so if you believe in your own future, invest in it by taking care of yourself.
Rosa Julia Parra