Philosopher, Rene Descartes, wrote the infamous line, “I think, therefore I am.” Descartes argued that even the act of doubting our existence meant that we were thinking, which proved we truly existed. So for centuries now, we have valued our ability to think as what makes us superior to all other life forms. But this ignores an important part of being human that can no longer be ignored, for it is literally killing us. It’s our feelings. It’s time for all us to CARE FOR THE MIND by caring for our mental and emotional health. We have a stigma in this country. It’s the belief that having feelings is a problem we must bear alone. That very real feelings, such as: anxiety, depression, anger, fear, hopelessness, and despair are not to be talked about at the dinner table. But this couldn’t be further from truth. It’s been proven that the more we can share and work through such emotions, the better we’re able to achieve a happy and well-adjusted life. As humans, we share responsibility for our emotional health, but it takes us being really honest with ourselves and with those we love. No judging. No more fear of sharing. Only acceptance, love, and support. Making mental health a priority and caring for our mind matters.

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