One of the most important aspects of your overall health as a human being is your emotional health. When you are emotionally healthy, you are in control of your feelings, thought process and behaviour. As a matter of fact, being emotionally healthy will to a great extent enable you to cope with daily challenges and easily bounce back from setbacks. You can foster healthy relationships as well as keep issues (minor or major) in perspective. To be emotionally healthy does not imply that you are happy every time. It simply means that you are not only aware of your emotions but in full control of them, whether these emotions are positive or negative.
People who are emotionally healthy tend to feel less sadness, stress, and anger. They know just how to manage their feelings and can identify when a particular problem is beyond them. Emotionally healthy people also know when to seek medical help. Based on research, emotional health is a skill and there are various steps that you can deliberately take in order to improve your emotional health and have a happier life. This article is aimed at pointing out eight of these steps to you.
1 Take control of your reactions:
Identify those things in your life that make you angry, frustrated, sad or even depressed and try to change or address them. Do you have fears? Well, its time to face them head-on as that is one big step to taking control of your emotions.
2. Look before you leap:
This simply means ‘think before you act’: Your emotions have the capacity to get the better of you, so it is important that you give yourself as much time as possible to think before executing certain actions so that you do not do or say something you might regret shortly after.
3. Let out your feelings subtly:
It is not healthy to bottle up feelings of hurt and sadness inside as it will add to whatever stress you might already be going through. It can cause issues in your relationships at school or work.
4. Prioritize your physical health:
To a large extent, your physical health affects your emotional health. Like the popular saying goes “you are what you eat”. So it is of great importance to keep your body fit and healthy by exercising often and eating healthy meals. Do not abuse alcohol or drugs, consume fruits regularly and get sufficient sleep everyday.
5. Find your happy place:
Finding your happy place is simply finding purpose and meaning in life. Identify those things that make you truly happy and put your energy there. Figure out the things that are most important to you in life and focus on them. It could be your job, family, caregiving or volunteering. Whatever it may be, as long as it feels meaningful and you find peace while at it, do not relent.
One of the most effective ways to protect your emotional health is by meditating. Meditating will not only train your mind to be focused, it will also decrease your anxiety and help you to enjoy each and every moment of your life regardless of the challenges you may be facing.
One of the best ways to improve your emotional well-being is by focusing on the things that you appreciate. Gratitude will not only fill you with a deeper sense of compassion but also help you to put your energy into the positive aspects of your life.
8. Be positive always:
Place your focus on all the good things that you have in your life. Learn from and forgive yourself for the mistakes you make, forgive others too. Invest quality time in hanging out with emotionally healthy and positive people.
Things to put into consideration:
It is possible for people who have great emotional health to still experience some level of mental illness. Usually, there is a physical cause of mental illness. It could be a chemical imbalance in one’s brain, issues with work, school or even family. All of these are capable of triggering mental illness or even making it worse. Medication can go a long way in helping people who struggle to keep their emotional health in check or people who have mental illness. Counselling is also a source of immense help to people who have issues with their emotional health. Support groups can also help people suffering from emotional problems or mental illness. Peradventure you are currently experiencing an ongoing problem with your emotional health, it is highly recommended that you speak to your family doctor. He or she will help you get the sort of help and treatment that you need and before you know it, you will be emotionally back-on-track. If there are helpful tips that you have been putting into practice, kindly share with us in the comment section.