If emotional health is all about being aware of our thoughts, behaviour and feelings, then mine was clearly never top notch.
People with good emotional health learn how to cope with problems and stress that are part of their every day lives. They feel good about their relationships, but most of all they feel good about themselves.
Emotions and our health
When we deal with emotional stress, the body will react to the way we think, feel and act. This is called the “mind/body connection.” Some of the following can be physical signs that our emotional health isn’t functioning at optimum level:
- Palpitations (racing heartbeat);
- Upset stomach;
- Trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep;
- IBS symptoms;
- Appetite problems;
- General aches and pains;
- A sore throat.
The first sign of any problem for those with poor emotional health is a weakened immunity. When the immunity is weakened, we are more likely to suffer with colds and other infections.
Emotional health interferes with our ability to look after ourselves. We may spiral into withdrawing for a while, we may stop exercising or may stop taking prescribed medications. Drug and alcohol abuse may also be linked to poor emotional health.
I know that my ability to withdraw emotionally very early on saved me from physically getting ill. I was aware constantly aware of what was going on around me, I just wasn’t emotionally connecting. Although withdrawing in the short term helps, it’s important to make sure you stay in control and work through those issues, whilst you’ve emotionally taken yourself out.
Being aware of what is happening is the first sign you have control. The second is to use reflection, so that you see and work on the bigger picture of the issue or circumstance, you’re having to deal with. Whilst you’re in time out, it’s important to take denial out of the equation.
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