When I first started teaching mindfulness, I realized that for many people, it can be uncomfortable to talk about challenges and emotional ups and downs. I noticed the stigma around mental health and a belief that each person is alone in their struggles.
But we’re not alone. In fact, 1 in 5 adults in the United States lives with a mental health condition. And for Mental Health Awareness Month, we want to smash the stigma by creating a Check-In Circle.
How it works: Each day this month, check in on the SB&T app with how you’re feeling, and take a screenshot of your list of emotions. Text it to a trusted circle of family and friends, and ask them to do the same. Then, share it with the SB&T community on social media with #SBTcheckin.
Why check in? Checking in by naming your emotions can reduce the intensity of your thoughts and feelings, so you can express them in healthier ways.
By sharing how you feel in a Check-In Circle, you’ll see that sometimes everyone can be 😢 or 😀 or 😡 or even 👽. With a little time, you just might feel more comfortable talking about what you’re going through.