Stress comes into all of our lives in varying amounts. Depending on our demands, emotional health can affect us.
CONNECTICUT– Did you know that your emotional well-being has a powerful impact on your overall health? Mental and emotional stress can lead to adverse physical reactions, a weakened immune system, and serious health problems.
Emotional health is just as important as physical health, although it is more difficult to achieve. However, emotional well-being is often overlooked, especially in the workplace.
With hectic daily lives, social media bombarding you at every turn, and modern life becoming increasingly uncertain, it’s more important than ever to maintain a sense of calm and balance. The month of emotional well-being , Observed in October, it reminds you to switch off and give your brain some time to rest and recharge.
Since 2004 defenders from the National Center for Emotional Well-Being have recognized October as Emotional Health Month .
What is emotional well-being?
Let’s start by defining what we mean wellness. According to the National Wellness Institute (NWI), wellness is: “An active process by which people become aware of themselves and make decisions for a more successful existence.”
In addition, they define six dimensions of well-being:
- Occupational health
- physical well-being
- Social assistance
- Intellectual well-being
- Spiritual health
- emotional well-being
To read the full definitions of the first five dimensions of wellness, click here. For the purposes of this article, we offer a simplified definition of emotional well-being from the National Center for Emotional Well-Being: “Emotional well-being is the awareness, understanding and acceptance of our feelings and our ability to manage our emotions effectively through challenges and changes.”
Now that we are set on what health means in general and emotional health specifically, we will move on to the real question: how do we maintain or improve our emotional health?
Managing emotional well-being
Top 7 tips for improving emotional well-being
1. Identify your emotions
Learn to recognize, define and describe your emotions. This is really the first step. You need to be able to identify what you are feeling in order to manage and process those feelings in a healthy and productive way.
2. Express your emotions
Once you learn to name your emotions, the next step is to express them in a healthy and productive way. This means that if you are happy about something or someone, share that emotion. And if you are unhappy with someone or something, share that too, but of course do it in a kind, compassionate and respectful way.
3. Manage stress
Stress can lead to negative emotions. To manage stress, it’s important to cover the basics: eating healthy foods, getting enough sleep, and moving or exercising daily. These three habits are the foundation of both physical and emotional well-being.
4. Learn mindfulness
Meditation, yoga and tai chi are what most people think of when they hear the word mindfulness. But did you know that mindfulness is a state of consciousness, not a set of esoteric practices? attention means slow down and pay attention to your inner and outer life as it is right now without judgment . This means that mindfulness can happen anywhere, anytime. You can walk consciously. You can cook and eat carefully. If you are careful while doing it, then this activity is considered a mindful activity.
5. Find a balance
If work is stressing you out, find a way to spend more personal or family time. And if your family is stressing you out, find a way to spend more time alone or pursue your hobbies. If something you’re doing threatens to overwhelm your emotions and take control of your thoughts, find a simple and practical way to deal with it and restore balance to your life.
6. Find a purpose
You may find meaning or purpose in your work, your family, your hobbies, or your passions. Your meaning or purpose may be spiritual or worldly. It may be neither. Whatever form it takes, wellness experts say that having a reason to get up in the morning improves emotional well-being.
7. Seek connection and support
Human beings are social beings. In general, we thrive in communities where we feel loved and supported. For millennia we lived in small family groups or groups of families that provided this support. We still do, even though in today’s world many people live alone. Whether you live alone or with your family, it’s possible to feel lonely and disconnected. When this happens, our emotional well-being suffers. To maintain your emotional well-being, yes, even if you are a recluse, we recommend finding groups of people where you feel accepted, loved, and supported.
This list is far from complete. But if you follow these seven tips, we’re sure your emotional well-being will improve if it needs to. And if your state of emotional well-being is in a good place, these tips will help you maintain it.
In Connecticut, you can call 2-1-1 or visit www.healthylivesct.org/ for more information or support groups