Your mental or emotional health actually refers to your overall psychological well-being and it includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationship with people, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties. In order to be emotionally healthy, you need to be in control of your feelings and of your behavior. Tips to help you take charge of your emotional health are;
- Do not criticize your self esteem, it weakens your emotions and make you more vulnerable to failure, rejection, anxiety and stress. Protect and wear your armour of self esteem to fight the battle of life by practicing self-compassion.
- Do not feel helpless or lose motivation when you fail. You should review your goal and how you approached it, then make a list of all the factors that are in your control such as effort, preparation, and planning, and give thought to how you can improve your execution of each of them. It will help you to focus on variables that are in your control and improve your chances of future success.
- Refrain from brooding thoughts and don’t get obsessed over negative thoughts. Stewing over upsetting events only makes you feel worse and develop a zero tolerance attitude toward your repetitive distressing thoughts. Engaging in a task that requires concentration helps you to recover your mood.
- Losing someone dear to us is a natural part of life that no one can avoid. Regardless of how painful or traumatic the loss, we should find meaning in the events and derive some good from the situation. You should gain sense of appreciation and purpose, it will allow you to gain strength from your memories rather than feel broken by them.
- You should get enough rest and sleep for at least 7 or 8 hours. It helps your body to recover and enhance your wellbeing.
In order to live a happy, fulfilled and meaningful life, your goal shouldn’t only be to maintain a good physical health, you should try to improve your emotional wellness as well.
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- Guy Winch (2013), 5 habits that will improve your emotional wellness. The Huffingthon post.