When we talk about wellness it’s important to understand that your state of wellness comes in many forms. In fact, there are eight types of wellness, spiritual, emotional, physical, environmental, occupational, financial, social, and intellectual. Today we are going to be focusing on our emotional wellness, what it is, and how we can work to make ourselves more emotionally stable.
What does it mean to have emotional wellness?
Having emotional wellness means being conscious of and recognizing your emotions. It means coming to terms with them and learning how to manage various emotions efficiently.
As you know, your emotions shift from day to day, which is why it’s essential to always try to live in the present moment. Spending too much time dwelling on past mistakes or what-ifs will only fill your mind with guilt and regret. Consuming your thoughts with fears of events yet to pass will fill your head with stress and anxiety. Neither of which is healthy for not only your emotional wellness but your physical wellness too.
Recognizing Your Emotions
Sometimes we struggle to see why we feel a certain way. Like you know you are feeling sad but you can’t really pinpoint one thing that has occurred that is causing you to feel that way. Or maybe you woke up in a great mood ready to take on the day, but wonder why yesterday, you could hardly get out of bed.
Having emotional wellness doesn’t just happen overnight, it happens because you take specific actions towards the goal of having a better state of wellness. It happens through a process of getting to know yourself better by taking a minute to check-in with yourself and analyze situations and your reactions to them.
You can start by doing a mental check-in every day. Find a quiet place to sit or lay down and explore how you’re feeling emotionally. Close your eyes, focus on your feelings, ask yourself “How am I doing?”
Next, you’re going to ask yourself why you’re feeling the way you do. If you’re feeling good, explore the reasons behind this feeling. Feeling down? Try to decipher what is causing you to respond this way. Figuring out the why is going to the key to helping you improve your emotional state.
Changing Your Mindset
So how do you go about changing the way you perceive life and situations? How can you control your emotional reactions?
It won’t be easy and it won’t happen overnight.
Just know though, that it is possible.
It all comes down to changing what you focus on. Working to keep a positive perspective. To do that, you must continually remind yourself of the good in any given situation. You need to retrain your brain to be grateful for and to take notice of all that is working well in your life.
If you stop only focusing on the bad or negative aspects, your emotional reaction will be different.
It’s highly likely you can find something beneficial in just about any circumstance, to be honest. Plus, focusing on the bad doesn’t change the outcome of things one bit. Instead, what it will do is have an adverse effect on your state of mind and your sense of well-being.
Remember this: How you cope with life’s challenges will determine your emotional wellness.
Questions to ask yourself
- Are you appreciative of what you have?
- Do you tend to be stubborn or flexible? How can you work to be more flexible?
- Have you set any wellness goals? If so, what steps do you need to take in order to reach those goals?
- How do you manage stress? What could you do to help yourself handle stress better?
Emotional Self-Care Ideas
Below you will find some activities that will help you improve your emotional wellness. In any good self-care routine, you should work on all aspects of wellness. Remember the eight areas of wellness I mentioned at the beginning? Try to include an activity for each type of wellness into your weekly routine. I recommend using a planner and just plugging in these ideas throughout your month so you’re sure to get in some much needed emotional self-care.
- Practice positive self-talk
- Perform daily self check-ins
- Set boundaries for yourself and others
- Meditate often
- Meet your own needs
- Schedule time to relax
- Keep a gratitude journal
- Ask for help
- Learn to accept help
- Forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made
- Take responsibility for your actions and decisions
- Have fun
- Do something creative
- Let yourself feel your unhappy emotions, but don’t allow yourself to dwell there for too long
- Give yourself a compliment every day
Being in a state of wellness is a very complex idea. Knowing there are eight areas of wellness that you need to be consistently working to improve gives you a starting point. Adding in self-care for each of the eight areas will ensure you are working on your whole self and will allow you to live a more balanced life.
Today we focused specifically on emotional wellness.
We learned what emotional wellness means and why it’s important to improve it. That changing your mindset is the key to promoting your emotional wellness. Adding emotional self-care to your routine will help ensure you are working towards this goal.
In this article, I briefly talked about the 8 types of wellness, if you’re interested in taking a deeper dive into each of these 8 dimensions I have just the thing.
- Introduction & Emotional Wellness
- Physical Wellness
- Spiritual Wellness
- Social Wellness
- Intellectual Wellness
- Environmental Wellness
- Financial Wellness
- Occupational Wellness
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