For our physical health to work at optimum level, our emotional health needs to do the same. It is impossible to have one without the other.
But for us to improve our emotional health, we first need to recognise our emotions, and what they mean: we need to understand them. Once we sort out the causes of our emotions; like stress, anxiety and sadness, we will manage our emotions and health a lot better.
The following suggestions may be helpful:
- Expressing your feelings is an important key to maintaining optimum health. Talking to someone you can trust is part of the process. If you don’t have anyone you can talk to, a doctor could refer you on to someone;
- Being able to relax and focus on yourself can help you to stay calm. A good method of relaxation is meditation, twenty minutes meditation or relaxation so you can focus on yourself;
- Living a balanced life helps improve emotional health;
- Keeping a journal of what’s making you stressed or anxious is another good way to manage emotions. Seeing something written down can help bring about positive change;
- Make time for the things you enjoy;
- Take good care of yourself by eating healthy meals, take exercise regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Carrying emotional baggage will hurt us in the long-term. Speaking our truth won’t always make us popular, but it can bring about necessary change for us.
The truth will always open us up to other people’s interpretation, but it can always be done in a conciliatory way that helps bring about peace. It is always important to say what you feel and what’s on your mind.