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 the causes out behind our emotions, like stress, anxiety and sadness, we will manage our emotions and health a whole lot better.
The following suggestions may be helpful:
- Expressing our 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 would be a good starting point. Your doctor will then advise you on your best course of action;
- Resilience helps us cope with stress as and when it happens. With different strategies in place, resilience can be learned and strengthened. These strategies include social support, accepting that life brings inevitable change, keeping things in balance;
- Relaxing and focusing on ourselves helps calm the mind and body. A good method of relaxation is meditation, or spending 10 minutes on our own, so we can focus on ourselves;
- Living a balanced life is another way of improving our emotional health;
- Keep a journal of what’s making us stressed or anxious is another good way. Sometimes seeing something written down helps bring about positive change.
- Make time for the things you enjoy;
- Deal with the issues that are stopping us from moving on;
- Taking good care of ourselves. Eating healthy meals, taking exercise regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Carrying emotional baggage will hurt us more in the longer term. Although speaking our truth won’t make us popular, it will bring about necessary change and perhaps that needs to happen.
Our truth will always be open to other people’s interpretation, but it can always be done in a conciliatory way that helps bring about peace. It’s important we say what we feel and what’s on our mind.