I wanted to take some time out to write about a topic that isn’t always the easiest to discuss, but is critical to acknowledge. As women, we are bombarded by endless pressures to be perfect and to live up to expectations, all while balancing a career, a social network, a personal life, family, friends and more. I believe in the motto to treat everyone with kindness because you never know what someone is going through.
That being said, the hope & grace initiative represents an unprecedented and unending commitment by philosophy to support mental health and well-being.
Mental health issues are one of the greatest challenges women face. 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.
This Tuesday is Mental Health Day, and philosophy encourages the practice of self-care, not only in soothing and replenishing the skin, but the mind and soul as well.
To center yourself, here are some awesome tips to restore you mind 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 upfeeling 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.
- Move. 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 in Paris focused on reframing wellbeing as a key to resilience and change featuring:
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. at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society.
This powerful panel discussed ways to amplify the conversation around women’s mental health.
For every (above pictured) product sold, philosophy will contribute 1% of sales to the hope and grace fund, and will award multiple financial grants each year to local organizations working to empower women through promotion of mental health and wellbeing, and the prevention and treatment of related issues.
The priority focus for the hope & grace fund is to support community-based mental health efforts working to overcome barriers to and stigma around seeking treatment for mental health issues, providing access to mental health treatment, and fostering support networks for women with mental illness.
In light & love,