People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges, keep problems in perspective, and rebound from setbacks.
Being emotionally healthy does not mean you are happy all the time. It means you are aware of your emotions and you can deal with them whether they are positive or negative. Emotionally healthy people still feel stress, anger, and sadness, but they know how to manage despairing feelings and they can tell when a problem is more than they can handle on their own.
1. Maintain good physical health
This point is so basic it’s often overlooked. Our physical health affects our emotional health much more than we realize. Make sure to eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
2. Learn to release anger and let go of grudges
Vent if you have to. Shake it off. Walk it off. Harboring anger or ill feelings builds emotional toxicity, which ultimately affects your overall health.
3. Be aware
Look for the hidden message in negative or difficult situations. Learn from them. Experiencing adversity is meant to alert you to something or teach you a new skill.
4. Keep your brain active
Don't let complacency or boredom set in. In order to feel alive and vibrant we need to keep our minds active by learning new things and challenging ourselves.
5. Stimulate your sensesAs well as keeping your mind active, enjoy beautiful art, listen to music that lifts your spirits or try a new gourmet dish. Our senses need to be reawakened every now and then too.
6. Have fun and don't take yourself too seriouslyBalance in life is important. Too much emphasis on work causes stress on the body and mind. Take time off. Chances are when you come back you will see things from a fresher, more productive perspective.
7. Maintain supportive relationshipsMaintain good relationships with friends and family for a shoulder to lean on or a different perspective. Having an objective pair of eyes and ears can give you a whole new way of thinking.
8. Donate old clothes or items you don’t use anymoreIt will make you feel good, first by helping someone out and secondly by cleaning out your closets and basements of stuff you haven't put to use in a long time.
9. Practice meditation and relaxation techniquesBesides having fun and not taking yourself too seriously, it's a good idea to integrate another relaxation strategy into your routine for those times when life gets somewhat overwhelming.
10. Learn to savor and appreciate the momentHow many times have we heard that life is too short? We get so caught up in the whirlwind, or worry about the future so much that we forget to live in the present moment. Slow down and enjoy the now!
Boosting your mental and emotional health also involves knowing when a problem is more than you can handle on your own, and when to seek professional help. Care Matters offers support and resources to help you overcome difficult circumstances.
If you feel like your life is out of control or heading in the wrong direction, you can contact us by calling 248-691-9034 or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.