Emotionally Healthy or Not So Much?

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Are You Emotionally Healthy?

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Do you feel you are emotionally healthy?  When you are emotionally healthy, you are generally more positive and can handle life’s challenges more in stride.  Not to say that it still can’t be difficult.  Being emotionally healthy doesn’t necessarily mean that you don’t become sad, angry or frustrated sometimes.

Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean that you just float around on a cloud and everything is hunky dory.  Life always has character building scenarios, right?  When you are emotionally healthy though, you are in a stronger state to handle the situation and come out even stronger on the other end.

Like being attune to your physical health, you also need to pay attention to your mental and emotional health.  It needs dedicated work towards making it fit too.  As you provide the proper nutrients and exercise to your emotional health, you will benefit by being more positive, have better coping mechanisms to get through setbacks or challenges and just overall have more zest for life.

Is There A Difference Between Mental Health and Emotional Health?

There are interconnected similarities between mental and emotional health, but there are differences and really are two different parts of your health.  Someone with a mental health diagnosis that is well controlled can still be emotionally healthy.  And someone who is not emotionally healthy can technically have good mental health.   Being emotionally healthy includes how you feel about yourself, having positive relationships and your ability to control your reactions to difficult situations.

Unfortunately, there has been a growing trend of people with depression and anxiety.  It is sad to discover that so many deny these feelings and just put on a facade, all the while suffering in silence.  It is so very critical that all of us be aware of our own feelings and those around us.  If depression and anxiety aren’t kept in check, it can steal joy from our lives on many levels.

Ways To Tell You Are Emotionally Healthy 

Generally, people who are emotionally healthy have most, if not all, of the following:

  • Self contented with healthy self esteem and sense of confidence.
  • Sense of purpose in life.  .
  • Ability to enjoy life.
  • Able to handle stress in a positive manner.
  • Interact with people in a caring, appropriate manner.
  • Have a good overall balance in their life.

When you read this list, you just get a sense of someone being confident and stable.  Being emotionally healthy allows you to tackle life from a position of strength.  And although the stresses we face are not always pleasant, you have the solid confidence that you will be successful in navigating yourself through, even intense periods or events that bring sadness or disappointment.

How Can We Be More Emotionally Healthy?

One of the key factors in resilience is the ability to balance stress and your emotions. The capacity to recognize your emotions and express them appropriately helps you avoid getting stuck in depression, anxiety, or other negative mood states. Another key factor is having a strong support network. Having trusted people you can turn to for encouragement and support will boost your resilience in tough times.

Physical health is connected to mental and emotional health

What’s nice is that many things that we think of to helps our physical health actually help our mental and emotional health.  It involves taking care of your health and having good health habits.

Here are a few things you can work on to improve your emotional health, but also your physical health.

  • Nutrition:  Getting consistent cellular nutrition is important to all aspects of your life.  Cellular nutrition simply means getting the right combination of vitamins and nutrients so that the nutrients are able to get into the cell to nourish it in the most effective manner.  Cells are the building blocks of life.  If your body cells are healthy, it will give you the optimum foundation for health and energy. To learn more about cellular nutrition, I’d recommend Herbalife, but a good balanced diet can help facilitate this.
  • Junk Food:  Limit or avoid if possible.  Things with high sugar or fat content.
  • Exercise:   Exercise improves your physical health, but also releases good chemicals and hormones in your body that help relieve stress and perks you up.  For some, it can be the best therapy for underlying depression and anxiety.  Even just 30 minutes a day can be of great benefit.
  • Sleep:  Sleep also seems to be more elusive to folks the last few years.  So many of us don’t get enough quality sleep.  Not getting enough sleep can contribute to depression, anxiety, pain issues, weight gain, illness and a host of other problems.
  • Water:  Drinking enough water can help nourish your cells, which in turn, helps them function better.
  • Health Habits:  Of course, no drugs or smoking are advised.  Limiting  alcohol consumption as well.  And avoiding excessive amounts of caffeine.  As you already know, these habits can play a role in your physical and emotional health.
Improve mental and emotional health by taking care of yourself

There are also things you can do from a more emotional perspective to help release these good chemicals within your body.

  • Prayer:  Praying, talking and listening, of course, can help keep you grounded, have less anxiety and more trust that the Lord will help you each and every day.
  • Stress Management:  Top of the list after prayer I think.  Not managing your stress in a healthy manner can lead to health problems as well as mental and emotional concerns that will undoubtedly take away zest from your daily life.  We all will face stressful times, but being equipped to manage that stress will help you keep on top of it.
  • Being Positive:   Being positive, smiling and laughing send good chemicals out in your body.  This helps you all the way around.  Be aware when you are negative.  If it is excessive and you catch yourself being unreasonably negative, try to have a catch phrase like “but” then continue that with something positive you can think of in the situation to counteract the statement.  After a while, you can train yourself to focus on the positive, even in stressful situations. 
  • Laughter:  Laughter does the same thing as being positive, only more so.  It is important to include it in your day as much as possible.
  • Helping Others:  When we help others, we take the focus off ourselves, but ultimately, it does help us to feel good about helping another.  It is a positive thing to do as well.  
  • Fun Time:  Life is a balance and fun time is important.  Whatever that might look like to you.  Maybe fun time is a quiet time with a cup of tea and a good book, taking a walk or playing racquetball.  Find activities that you enjoy and be sure to put them in your week.
  • Supportive Friends:  Hanging out with supportive positive people is important.  It is difficult to maintain a positive attitude when you are around people who are always complaining and being negative about other people.
  • Gratitude:  This is listed here at the end, but it is simply to sum up that gratitude can tie into all these things.  And taking time to think about things you are grateful for each day can help you stay emotionally healthy.  Even coming up with 5 new things each day while in prayer.  They could be simple things from the day or complex things, but it gets our focus on the good things of the day.

We are bombarded with negative things all day long.  It is hard sometimes to keep a positive attitude.  Putting the above things into practice can help us to keep a more positive perspective and not rob us of our daily zest.

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What If you Still Can’t Get Emotionally Healthy Despite It All?

None of the above will work forever by doing it once.  They have to be made habits, so emotional health is has solid footing.  If you have put these things into practice on a consistent basis, but still just don’t feel good.  You may want to talk it out with a professional.

Some things to be aware of:

  • Feeling sad on a daily basis.
  • Not wanting to do any of the once enjoyed activities.
  • Inability to sleep.
  • Unable to focus or concentrate.
  • Drinking more alcohol.
  • Eating more comfort foods or not eating enough food.

If it is to the point that you are having thoughts of death or suicide, you should see your doctor right away.

What things help you stay emotionally healthy?

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