For our physical health to work at optimum level, we need our emotional health to do the same. It’s impossible to have one without the other.
For us to improve our emotional health, we firstly need to recognise we have emotions, what they mean so that we can understand them. Once we sort out the causes behind our emotions, like stress, anxiety and sadness, we will manage our emotions and health a whole lot better.
The following tips may also be of some help:
- Expression and expressing one’s feelings is an important key to maintaining optimum health. Talking about how you feel to someone you can trust is vital. If you cannot find someone to talk to, a doctor would be a good starting point. Your doctor will then advise your best course of action;
- Resilience helps us cope with stress as and when it happens. With different strategies, resilience can be learned and strengthened. These strategies include social support, accepting that with life brings inevitable change, keeping things in balance;
- Relaxing is a good way to unwind as it helps calm the mind and body. A good method of relaxation to learn is meditation, or spending 10 minutes on your own. It’s a way of bringing our emotions back into focus;
- Living a balanced life is also another way of helping us improve our emotional health. It’s important that whilst we deal with negativity, we try to focus on the positive aspects of our life;
- Keeping a journal of stress, anxiety and negative thoughts can help bring about positive change. Make time for the things you enjoy, whilst trying at some level to deal with the issues that stop you from moving on. Letting go is important as is dealing with the issues we’ve yet to deal with;
- Take good care of yourself so that you can implement all the above. Eat healthy meals, take exercise regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol.
I have seen first-hand how difficult it is to function, let alone stay emotionally well, without talking about how we feel.
Carrying emotional baggage will only serve to hurt us more in the longer term. Speaking our truth may not make us altogether popular, but it will bring about those inevitable changes for us and that’s how it should be.
We don’t look to hurt anyone, but working on others’ perceptions of what we say is always difficult. What we say will always be open to different interpretation, but if speaking the truth in a conciliatory way helps bring peace into your life, then it’s important to continue to stick to saying what you feel.
It will eventually become your lifestyle choice.