In simplest of terms, emotional health can be defined as one’s ability to understand, analyze, give perspective to their thoughts, feelings, and actions. Emotional health is at the core of maintaining and improving one’s overall health. It isn’t that people with good emotional health aren’t troubled by obstacles of life, or are free of moments when they feel low. Instead, they are able to understand the cause of those feelings and work towards bettering it.
Ignoring your emotional health can lead to poor wellbeing, difficulty in handling relationships, and getting through normal day-to-day activities. Yet we are accustomed to a society that frowns on the idea of one expressing their feelings. A society where emotional health is of complete disregard, and “toughen up” is the repeated mantra.
At the pace, the world is growing, and the steeply rising number of people in distress it is no longer okay to neglect your emotional health. Given the stigma around emotional health, it is understandable for most people to be hesitant to seek professional help; however, experts claim that adding simple activities to your day to day routine can better your emotional health.
- Observe how you respond. Every event affects you in a certain way; it is necessary to recognize which circumstances might be triggering those negative emotions and actions. Reflecting back on those circumstances can make you more mindful of your feelings, and be better prepared in the future.
- Think thrice. Act once. It won’t be a surprise if most of us have been in situations when we said or did things in hindsight we wouldn’t have. When in those situations, take a moment to collect your thoughts before you respond. Triple-check with yourself if it is the right thing to do or say, a delayed response to the situation can help you calm down and avoid stressing over things that you would later regret.
- Don’t overburden yourself. If you feel that you have too much on your plate; then pause and reflect what is burdening you. Somewhere along time, our lives became a never-ending rat race. Which begins right at school and goes on forever for so many of us. We are guilty of setting our expectations, not for ourselves, or looking at our strengths but looking at someone else’s and more often than not, benchmarks society sets. It is necessary to understand that we all have our own limitations and it is okay to do the best we can within them.
- See the glass half full. Developing an optimistic mindset can do wonders to help you better your emotional health. Start by focusing on good things that are around you, for which you are grateful. Let go of the past, and grudges that hold you down. As you start developing a positive mindset, you’ll be able to analyze situations better and see the good that comes off it.
- Take out time for yourself. You are your greatest source of happiness and wellbeing. Yes, you! Give at least an hour to yourself each day. This is the time to nurture your soul with what it enjoys doing the most. Having something to look forward to doing in a day that you utterly enjoy can help raise your spirits through tough times of the day.
- Exercise. Take out at least 30 mins of your day for some kind of physical activity. Hit the gym, or go for a good run or any form of physical activity that you enjoy. Exercising regularly can help improve your mood as your body releases feel-good chemicals. It also boosts your brainpower, improves sleep, and reduces stress.
- Have a fallback support system. We all have moments when we need someone to fall back on, someone who would listen without an ounce of judgment or criticism. When surrounded by negative thoughts it’s good to have an emotional support system of people you trust to talk to – spouse, friends, parents, siblings, acquaintances, etc.
When to seek professional help?
If despite constant efforts to better your emotional health through these activities and talking out with your peers, negative feelings persist, and hamper your day-to-day life it would be best advised to seek professional help.
Disclaimer: The author isn’t a licensed mental health professional. Views expressed in the article is purely an opinion and perception of the author. The views expressed above shouldn’t be taken as medical and/or professional advice.