June 12, 2020
When it comes to overall wellness, we often focus on the physical aspect. While that is an important part of your wellness, it’s equally important to make sure you’re taking care of your emotional health as well. But what does emotional wellness look like, exactly? Let’s take a dive into our emotions today and see just why emotional wellness is so important!
While I’m hardly an expert, I’ve come to know the value of being healthy inside and out. Usually if you are suffering on the inside, it will eventually manifest itself physically. But in order to improve your emotional wellness, it’s important to understand what it is.
Basically, emotional wellness is the relationship each of us have with our emotions. And just like any good relationship, communication is key. That means communicating with yourself and acknowledging the way you feel. Being emotionally well doesn’t mean an absence of negative feelings either. I’d be far more worried if you never felt angry, anxious, or sad than if you did. It’s called being human. Even though we may not be able to control our circumstances, we have a bit more control over the way we respond. If you react in a healthy and positive way, that’s a pretty good indicator you have your emotional wellness dialed in. However, if you choose to ignore your emotions and beat yourself up, your emotional wellness may need some more care.
Our ability to cope with everyday life is crucial. Our lives are complex and a lot can come at us in one day. This can cause our emotions to be all over the place, but it’s how we respond that’s important. While there will always be things we can’t account for, we can determine how we will react to certain things beforehand, whether negative or positive. The longer you do this, the more it becomes a habit. Eventually our brains will get used to responding to certain triggers in a specific way.
You should also never bottle up your emotions. It can make it harder to open up and eventually you may just explode (metaphorically speaking), which will not only hurt you but could hurt those around you. Don’t ever settle for poor emotional wellness. Focusing on your emotions does not make you weak. It shows you care about your state of mind and personal happiness. And everyone is entitled to personal happiness.
The good news is that there are several ways to improve your emotional wellness if you find yourself drifting into negative territory.
If you are feeling stressed or overwhelmed, take personal inventory of what’s causing that. If it’s too much responsibility at home or at work, prioritize the most important things and see what can be moved to a later time. If something can’t be moved, see if you can get help from others to help alleviate the burden.
Your thoughts are always going to be with you, so make sure they aren’t the thing causing you the most harm. Be sure to focus on the positive and surround yourself with positive energy and positive people.
And I hinted at this, but it’s important to realize you’re not alone. Get help from those around you. Whether it be friends, family, coworkers, or even a professional, be sure to lean on others that will provide that positive for you. Then take that energy and keep on moving. You never know when you’ll be the support that someone else needs.
Again, I am not an expert. But I do know the importance of emotional wellness and I know these tips can help you because they have helped me.