For our physical health to work at optimum level, our emotional health needs to do the same. It’s impossible to have one without the other.
But for us to improve our emotional health, we first need to recognise our emotions, 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:
- Expression and expressing one’s 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, 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 yourself helps calm the mind and body. A good method of relaxation is meditation or spending 10 minutes on your own. It’s a good way of focusing on yourself;
- Living a balanced life is another way of improving your emotional health;
- Write or keep a journal of what’s making you stressed or anxious, sometimes seeing something written down can help bring about positive change.
- Make time for the things you enjoy;
- Deal with the issues that are stopping you from moving on;
- Take good care of yourself. Eat healthy meals, take exercise regularly and avoid drinking too much alcohol.
Sadly, 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.
Speaking our truth although that will always be open to other people’s interpretation, but if speaking our truth is done in a conciliatory way and helps bring about peace, then it’s important we say what’s on our mind.