Quick Tips for Emotional Wellness
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Emotional Wellness is one of the 7 Aspects of Wellness, which are the major life areas that need our attention for a feeling of whole and complete wellness. Our Emotional Wellness has a profound effect on how we feel as we go through our daily lives. Taking our emotional health to the next level is about more than combating anxiety and depression, though it’s vital that we work on these feelings if we want to become our best selves.
True Emotional Wellness means being able to recognize, name and cope with emotions as they arise. Many of us lack the self-knowledge and emotional vocabulary needed to keep track of what we’re feeling, let alone to deal with our feelings in healthful ways. The good news is that we don’t have to become entirely self-aware overnight. Practicing Emotional Wellness is a lifelong process, and regularly checking in with ourselves will reveal the answers we need over time.
Another key ingredient for Emotional Wellness is learning to change those behavior patterns which are emotionally destructive. As we seek to understand why we do the things we do, we learn more about how our emotions can cause us either to take healthful, self-supportive action, or to engage in behaviors that are unproductive and even harmful. Emotional Wellness means learning new coping behaviors and improving our self-esteem so that we’ll be more likely to engage in proactive self-care.
If we’ve spent our entire lives unaware of our emotional underpinnings, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Look at this list of quick and easy ways to support Emotional Wellness:
-Journaling is essential. Regularly sitting down and writing about what is going on in our lives allows us to get out emotions we might otherwise ignore. Often, the process of writing pulls from us feelings we didn’t even know were there, and putting the words on the page can help us shift our perspective. The most productive journaling happens when we don’t think too hard about what we’re going to write. Just let it flow! Journaling for at least 10 minutes every day will improve Emotional Wellness dramatically.
-Practicing an attitude of gratitude works every time. One of the best ways to cope with negative emotions is to make a gratitude list. When we’re angry, sad or lonely, it can be hard to look at the bright side. Taking the time to write down everything we have to be grateful for—relationships, possessions, possibilities or pets—reminds us that things really aren’t that bad. In fact, they’re great!
-Learn how to handle stress. It makes a major difference. Stress is often the number one contributing factor to any number of problems. Our stress levels seriously affect our emotional, physical and mental health, and tip-top Emotional Wellness hinges on finding ways to cope with the stress we experience on a daily basis. We can’t escape stress completely, nor would we want to. It’s an inevitable part of life. The key is to create balance in our lives so that stress doesn’t get the better of us. We need to draw boundary lines around the amount of time we spend at work, take time out to play, get enough sleep and engage in enjoyable activities that nourish our spirits and allow us to have fun.
-Increased self-esteem increases our Emotional Wellness, every time. Engaging in regular self-care lets us know that we deserve to be treated well. Self-esteem is a huge issue for many of us, but simple steps can gradually our self-love and self-respect. Giving ourselves a little much-needed time alone, taking care of our appearance, doing something we really enjoy or reaching out to a friend for help can all increase our self-esteem. How? If we practice doing these things, it reminds us that we can take care of ourselves—and that we deserve to. When we repeatedly receive this message through action, we actually start to believe it!
-Eating well supports Emotional Wellness. A well-balanced diet doesn’t just increase our Physical Wellness. It can have a significant effect on our Emotional Wellness, too. We’ve all heard quite a bit about chemical imbalances in the brain and their effects on our moods. Well, what we eat affects the brain’s ability to produce and regulate these mood-stabilizing chemicals. Eating a diet high in refined sugar can lead to chemical rushes and crashes that can create a pattern of mood swings. Eating a balanced diet that focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins instead gives us stable energy for a steady emotional balance.
These are the basics of Emotional Wellness. When we begin practicing any or all of these lifestyle changes on a regular basis, we’re bound to begin feeling better. As we get in touch with our inner worlds, we’ll be able to handle anything life throws our way, and our outer worlds will seem much brighter as well. That’s the point of Emotional Wellness!
Date: September 8th, 2011
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