Positive emotional health can lead to success in work, relationships and health. In the past, researchers believed that success made people happy. Newer research reveals that it’s the other way around. Happy people are more likely to work toward goals, find the resources they need and attract others with their energy and optimism—the key building blocks of success.
But just what is emotional health? It encompasses mental health issues like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, addiction, and other conditions. But being emotionally healthy also means managing day-to-day issues like stress, making and keeping friendships, changing bad habits, and using your creativity, all of which can have an impact on your physical health. Total health depends on a healthy mind as well as a healthy body, so it’s important to take the time to nurture both.
Understanding emotional health means paying attention to your overall happiness and well-being. Being emotionally healthy also involves maintaining control of your thoughts and feelings. People with good emotional health are resilient in the face of challenges, find ways to express their creativity, and understand that importance of social connections. They also recognize the power of spirituality and the value of staying positive.
The road to better emotional health starts with learning way to cope with your feelings and reactions. If you are not as emotionally healthy as you could be or would like to be—take a closer look at how you interact with the world. Learn how to strengthen friendships and family ties and manage toxic relationships. Find out how to relieve everyday stress, improve your attitude, and change the bad habits that are holding you back.
Here are ten simple tips to help you de-stress. First, exercise! A 20-minute walk or jog around the block can yield up to 12 hours of improved mood. The main thing is to find a physical activity you enjoy, whether it is dancing or fly fishing. Don’t forget to laugh! Laughter is the best medicine: it is proven to lower tension, and simultaneously improve blood flow and the health of the heart. Dedicating a period of time every day to write about a situation that is bothering you may reduce tension and give you stress relief for the rest of the day. Keeping a journal can also help you solve problems or find positive angles amongst the stressors. Fourthly, socialize by spending time with friends and family who give you a sense of belonging, purpose, and fun.
When tension spikes, it can be tempting to put yourself last—but prioritizing healthy eating, physical activity, relationships, and sleep is necessary if you want to avoid making your stress worse. On a similarly note, get some fresh air—if you are cooped up inside all day, take a few minutes to get outside and see the sun. A little time in the great outdoors can improve your mood and help you relax. Be kind yourself and think about positive affirmations daily. Thinking about negative thoughts only make you feel bad and will increase stress. Tell yourself you are doing a good job, and believe it.
Meditate by practicing deep breathing and meditation exercises daily, and when you feel tension rising. Be thankful and show thanks to your family, friends, and loved ones—it has a calming effect. Lastly, make a change! Sometimes the best way to obtain stress relief is to remove your source of tension. This could mean a change in career or even a change in location. Don’t be afraid to take charge of your life! Canfo’s NoWorries®
is a great way to start.