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Emotional Wellness

 

Emotional wellness is striving to meet emotional needs constructively. It is maintaining good mental health, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, and strong self-image. It is the ability to respond resiliently to emotional states and the flow of life events. It is dealing with a variety of situations realistically and learning more about yourself and how things you do affect your feelings. It is taking responsibility for your own behavior and responding to challenges as opportunities.

Maintaining emotional well-being can sometimes feel like a continual balancing act. When life is going smoothly, it is easy to feel centered and secure. But difficult events inevitably arise and the feelings they cause can seriously disturb our emotional balance.

Anger and grief are part of life. But when these emotions become consuming and too overwhelming to manage, they can damage a personís relationships with family, friends and colleagues.

Understanding how these emotions manifest and evolve is the first step to emotional wellness. Emotional wellness is demonstrated by the overall comfort with and acceptance of one's full range of feelings. Positive emotions such as happiness, amusement, excitement, contentment and love contribute to our overall sense of well-being. It is striving to meet emotional needs constructively. It is maintaining good mental health, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, and a strong self-image.

Mental illness, including suicide, accounts for more than 15 percent of the burden of disease in established market economies,more than the disease burden caused by all types of cancers. With more than 22 percent of people suffering from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year, it is no wonder that sales of pharmaceuticals to treat depression and anxiety are on the rise. However, there is increasing knowledge of the role nutrients may play in regulating mood and health.

Here are some tips for reducing stress, managing negative emotions, and improving your emotional wellness :

1. Collect Friends
You need people, lots of them.
Psychologically, people who have a lot of social support will be happy.If the friends-of-friends-of-friends chain reaction that had kept your life stocked with new relationships has fizzled out, for example, if you have moved to a new place where you don't know anyone , try taking a more active role.

2. Enjoy Solitude
This step may seem to contradict the first one, but actually it complements it. Some isolation can be quite healthy.Avoid this extreme, but don't be such a social butterfly that you lose yourself completely. Take time to sit with your feelings.Some call this meditation, but it does not have to be done in the lotus position. For example, if you spend an hour alone listening only to your thoughts instead.

Try a three-minute meditation : close your door, then close your eyes. Take deep breaths, focusing on your breath as it goes in and out. If thoughts come to you, just bring yourself back to your breathing. Then think about a beautiful image, a flower, a child's face; look at every detail. Then, gradually, breathe faster and open your eyes.

3. Get Fit
Just get your body moving. Study after study has shown that exercise lifts mood and generally enhances quality of life.Cigarettes, overeating, junk food, or all these together are an impediment to physical activity, and overindulging leads to more of the same.
It is important for emotional health to maintain your physical health in all the ways you can. So get enough sleep; eat regular, balanced meals; and take time for relaxation as well.

4. Seek Pleasure
This may also seem like a contradiction, but moderation in all things is the message here. Overly rigorous devotion to work drives you bad.It is easy to become consumed by your responsibilities and to neglect your own enjoyment of life.

5. Find a Passion
If you don't know what your purpose in life is, start smaller. Make a list of things you want to do before you die. Keep making lists and look for any recurring themes.Identifying an interest and pursuing it can develop into a rich and exciting life that you never imagined.

6. Plan for Problems
Instead of expecting everything in your life to go smoothly , some things will, and some definitely won't -- or worrying about what will happen to you if things go wrong, plan for potential problems. Some problems blindside us, but others are more predictable.

7. Seek Constructive Criticism
Often people are doing things to mess themselves up, but they really don't have a clue of what is going wrong.Too much self-consciousness can paralyze you socially, but don't be oblivious to how others perceive you.

8. Take Healthy Risks
People need to approach what they feel anxious about," Curtis says. This doesn't mean you should force yourself into terrifying situations needlessly. But if you never leave your comfort zone, your life will be all the poorer for it.

9. Manage Success Well
Spreading your success around, rather than jealously guarding it, promotes better emotional health by continuing to build your sense of self-worth. If success ends your ability to build self-esteem, or if you are not building self-esteem, you are just resting on it, then you start committing.

10. Don't Go It Alone
Psychologists would urge just about everyone to get into therapy. None of us make it to adulthood emotionally unscathed, and there are mental health experts waiting to help you.

11. Write It Down
Identify negative thoughts and don't let them override you.Don't beat yourself up for being stressed, but bring your fears into the open on paper. Make a list of your seven worst fears. Parents need to teach children to make a list of positives, too. Writing the negatives bleeds them of power. They become words on paper.

 


 
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