How to maintain emotional well-being
Emotional health, the way you handle emotions and achieve wellbeing is a skill that can be improved if you are patient, relaxed and communicate with the others, make some simple changes in your life.
As we approach the end of a very difficult year, I thought this would be a good time to talk about one of the most important aspects in one’s life: emotional well-being. As part of what constitutes mental health, I find emotional well-being a.k.a. being in tune with your own emotions, as extremely important in our lives because learning to listen and to understand ourselves is the key to a clearer, disciplined, fulfilled life.
Understanding ourselves means we no longer look for answers outside our own interiors, because the way we see and value the world around is just a projection of our own thoughts and feelings. Thus, by learning to connect with what we feel and understand why we feel in a certain way, we manage to get control of our own being and existence. Also, it is important not to forget about self-love.
There are ways to maintain and encourage emotional well-being and it is valuable not only in times of profound stress and uncertainty like 2020 was, but also in everyday life, as a reminder to ourselves that it is really in our power to keep on track no matter what we do and our responsibility to take care of our own mental health, thus emotional well-being. Let’s dive into some of the tips and tricks that can help us keep it together when the tough gets tougher!
Make sleep a priority
When we don’t get enough rest, it can be difficult to deal with reality even if nothing major is going on. A tired mind has this capacity of overreacting, keeping us on edge and moody for the entire day. In order to avoid tiredness and negative emotions, it is important to sleep between 7 and 9 hours a night and to stick to this sleep routine as much as possible by going to bed and waking up at similar hours.
Be it in a gym, or outside in the open air, fitness and non-fitness movement is very important for our bodies and minds. When we participate in physical activity, our brain releases hormones that boost our moods. Simply put, we feel happier and more energized. Exercising also helps us sleep better and rest at night while boosting our immune system, improving our overall general. Do not forget that we are moving beings so try to keep in motion as much as possible every day!
Volunteer your time
We feel good when we can help other people! So why not offer our time volunteering for the causes we believe in? There are so many people and causes that need our help that it is a pity not to offer our time to make a difference in the world. When we volunteer to a cause or organization, we show that we care. This behaviour can get us a long way in helping our emotional state. Volunteering also helps us gain perspective on different life situations other people have and get better in touch with our emotions.
Get a pet
Even if getting a pet means responsibility, an animal around the house brings a lot of joy. Taking care of a pet and owning one can make you feel great and gives you a jolly mood. Pets live in the present and they always teach us to do the same: be in the moment, enjoy ourselves and not have a care in the world.
Spend time with our friends
We are social beings and this means being around people is of extreme importance for our emotional well-being. Make sure you surround yourself with people that make you feel good and then stay in touch and cherish these relationships for as long as you live. Time with friends can have a positive impact on your emotional health as participating in activities you enjoy together can help you take any focus off the negative emotions that you might experience.
Talk about your feelings
In order to understand your feelings, it is important to talk about them. It is the first step that you must take if you want to get what’s going on emotionally in your life and then take the needed steps to improve it. Don’t think that it might sound weird or soapy to express your feelings, they are what they are and once they are out in the open, they become a reality you can work on!
It is important to remember that being emotionally healthy brings a lot of benefits in your life:
- People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviours
- They are able to cope with life’s challenges
- They can keep problems in perspective and bounce back from any hard experience
- They are aware of their emotions at all times
Do not forget that emotional health is a skill and, as many others, can improve if it is trained. You can be better at handling emotions if you just have patience to work on this skill!