Emotional well-being is the ability to produce positive emotions, moods, thoughts, and feelings, and adapt when confronted with adversity and stressful situations. Emotional well-being is an important part of holistic wellness, as it can impact your outlook on life, your relationships, and your health, so it’s very important to take care of your emotional well-being. When you’re emotionally healthy you can manage the various elements of your life and work with a range of emotions, without losing control. You bounce back.
Your resilience grows when you recognize the emotions that trigger you and express them in a constructive manner to yourself and others.
“If we do not transform our pain, we will most assuredly transmit it — usually to those closest to us: our family, our co-workers, our neighbors, and invariably, the most vulnerable, our children.”
Signs of Emotional Wellness:
• Feeling content most of the time
• Ability to talk to someone about your emotional problems and share your feelings with others
• Ability to say “no” without feeling guilty when needed
• Being able to relax
• Feeling good about who you are
• Feeling you have a strong support network i.e. people in your life who care about you Check in with your emotional wellness:
• Do you see stress as something you can learn from or something to avoid? • Do you allow yourself to experience emotions, just as they are?
• Are you aware of your bodily sensations, emotions, and behaviors when you are stressed?
• Are you able to ask for help when you need it?
• How do you take care of yourself every day?
Here are a few simple steps you can take to improve your emotional well-being every day, without taking any time. Good mental health is important for all of us to live healthier, happier life. In a few simple steps that don’t take long and cost you, you can improve your emotional well-being every day.
Five ways to emotional well-being:
1. Take notice:
Taking notice is about taking the time to appreciate the world around us. Being aware of the present moment, and your own feelings and thoughts can help you make a positive difference in your outlook on life. This is also known as mindfulness and it can help you to
be calm and more able to deal with what life might throw at you. Here are a few ideas to help you take notice:
• Take five minutes out of your day to appreciate something new
• Be aware of when the seasons start to change
• Go home by another route
• Try out a new lunch spot
• Be curious
• Think about all the things you’re grateful for
Being around other people can help to boost our mood and help us feel connected to the wider world. Putting aside time to develop relationships with friends, family, neighbors and colleagues can improve how you feel. Here are a few ideas:
• Pick up the phone instead of sending an email
• Speak to someone new
• Arrange a face to face catch up with a friend
• Join a club or take up a social activity
• Give a colleague a lift to work or share the journey home with them
3. Be Active:
Evidence shows that improvements in your physical health can help improve your mental health. It doesn’t have to mean spending hours in the gym, it could be something as simple as getting off the bus one stop earlier, using the stairs instead of the lift, or kicking a ball around with the grandkids. Here are a few ideas to get you started
• Join a walking group
• Take up yoga, pilates
• Get on your bike and explore the countryside
• Walk a dog
• Dance to the radio
• Try a completely new activity or sport
4. Keep Learning:
Learning new skills can boost confidence and give you a sense of achievement. This doesn’t have to be in a formal classroom setting or be about getting a qualification or grade. Why not give some of the following ideas a go?
• Pick up a new book or revisit an old favorite
• Do a crossword or Sudoku puzzle
• Research something you’re curious about
• Help out with your grandchildren’s homework
• Take part in a free, online course
• Join an adult education class
• Visit a museum or art gallery
• Learn a new word or random fact
Helping others, saying thank you, or just giving someone a smile can help to improve your self-esteem and your wellbeing. There are lots of ways to give to others:
• Volunteering. You can build new relationships, develop skills and gain experience too • Raise money for charity
• Offer a helping hand to a friend
• Join a community action group
• Check up on a neighbor
Here are some Emotional well-being examples:
Strong emotional well-being means you’re prepared to face events that may or may not be in your control. When faced with a challenging situation, you might use one of the following strategies to bring yourself into a frame of mind that allows you to manage your emotions. In a stressful situation, this simple three-step process can help you better control your emotions.
• Breathe: When you breathe deeply, you send a message to your brain that helps you calm down and relax.
• Ground yourself: Hold a pen. Grab the edge of a desk. Feel the floor under your feet. You return to the present moment and away from your challenging thoughts. • Pause: Wait. Now consider, “What do I really want to say?” When you know the words that will express what you need to communicate, you are in a state of emotional well-being.
The journey to building your emotional health is one of personal growth, as you become more productive, move closer to your goals, and feel good about yourself.