It is okay to not be okay. It is okay to feel anxious. It is okay to feel sad. It is okay to be obsessive. Mental illness has conflicted 1 in 5 adults in America, and 1 in 25 adults live with a serious mental illness. The stigma behind these illnesses have isolated at least 18.5% of our population each year (NAMI website). Lokai has teamed up with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to help bring awareness. Each Orange Lokai will help fund the NAMI HelpLine, giving people with mental health conditions a safe place to talk and receive the support they need. Together, we can facilitate conversation and help end the stigma against mental illness.
5 Tips for Improving Mental Health
1. Value Yourself
~Take some time from the day to pamper yourself! Whether it’s some alone time, or showering yourself in jewels to improve your self confidence, taking time for you is essential to a happy and healthy mind!
2. Log Off and Take a Stroll Outside
~We know you love scrolling our Instagram and Facebook posts on your chosen device, but studies show that being in fresh air and being off of technology improves our mental state. If you are having a bad day, just take a walk outside and your day should be brightened.
3. Embrace Gratitude
~ Before going to sleep or after waking up, write down three things you are thankful for in your life. Whether that be your shiny diamond earrings, your incredible friends, or even your relaxing sleep the night before, it is so very important to recognize the great things in your life, and reflect on them as often as you possibly can.
4. Engage in Self Care
~A little confidence booster goes a long way. Finding the perfect outfit with matching shoes, and your hair and makeup done, can make you feel like a million bucks! We can’t forget about the accessories from Emery’s, too. Maybe a rose gold hoop or a fancy diamond pendant can complete the look you need.
~Work that body! It is proven that 30 minutes of exercise can clear the mind and leave you with a better day overall. We promise the physical toll will be so worth it when your mind is free from any anxieties and the stress of everyday life.
As the leaves turn from green to red, yellow, and orange, we transition from September weather into the crisp October breeze. The turtlenecks will re-enter our wardrobe while we say goodbye to our beloved summer dresses and tank tops. Since we live in Michigan, you never know exactly how long summer will last, though! Ah, and I almost forgot to mention how much we are already enjoying the apple orchards, and drinking the tastiest apple cider around. Our visits to the pumpkin patch will soon begin, and with Halloween inching closer by the day, we would like to wish you a BOO-tiful holiday full of pumpkin carving, crazy costumes, and lots of candy. Don’t forget to accessorize all month long with TWO October birthstones; opal and pink tourmaline.
Opal: Opals come in two categories; precious and common. In a nutshell, the difference between common opal and precious opal is that the latter displays colorful reflections of light known as ‘play of color’ when a discrete light source shines on it, while common opal does not show any color effect at all, no matter what kind of light shines on it. The beautiful simple colors of the opal are a great way to compliment any outfit. This precious stone symbolizes purity and hope, and is known as the protector stone.
Pink Tourmaline: As you probably could have guessed, pink tourmaline comes in a few different shades of pink, although tourmaline itself comes in a variety of colors. This stone can help bring joy, happiness, and loving energy. It is also used as a talisman by artists and writers because it is thought to inspire creativity. Wearing pink tourmaline is said to help release stress, worries, depression, and anxiety. It is also believed to strengthen the body and spirit, increasing positive vibes.
Opals are one of only a couple of gemstones in the world which have been found to exist outside of planet Earth; Mars to be exact!
Opal is the specific birthstone for October, it is also the gemstone given to commemorate a couple’s 14th year of marriage.
The term “opal” is believed to have originated from the Sanskrit word “upala”, which means “precious stone”. The Greeks called it “opallios” that translates “to percieve a change of color”.
The ancient Greeks believed that opals were formed from the tears of joy wept by Zeus when he defeated the titans, and that the opal bestowed prophetic powers.
Tourmaline comes in many shades and colors; iron-rich (black/brown/blue), magnesium rich (light brown/yellow), lithium-rich (blue/green/red/pink), and even colorless.
Ancient legend states that tourmaline is the stone of many colors because of its travels along rainbows, where it captured the rainbows’ many beautiful colors.
The Egyptians used tourmaline for both physical and emotional remedies, believing it could help in the healing of the nervous system, blood diseases, and lymph glands.
Pink tourmaline has the power to open and heal the heart, to help with all romantic love matters.
Local woodworker Jonathan Kuhn doesn’t let his disability get in the way of his love of art! We at Emery’s Creative Jewelry are proud to support local artists like Jonathan. Stop into Emery’s today to see our selection of Jonathan’s pens and watch the video below to learn more about his craft.