Emotional Wellness 101

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What is emotional wellness?

Emotional wellness is the ability to handle daily stress and the adaption to changes in daily habits and overcoming challenges. 

Understanding your emotional wellness can increase your effectiveness towards handling crisis or even your day to day activities.  Events like relationship matters, family bonds, overall mental health will improve and change gradually overtime when you pay attention to emotional wellness.

How can I improve my emotional wellness?

  1. Get Quality Sleep
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Many of us have neglected sleep as we grow older.  Factors like work, stress, family responsibility are reasons we often give ourselves to sacrifice sleep.  However, what we often do not realise is when we sacrifice sleep, we feel tired the next day, and our performance and productivity is affected.

Sleeping well repairs our body cells when we are at rest.  We have quicker reflexes, ability to think clearly and longer attention span.  It is important to cultivate a proper sleep routine and have a positive start the next morning.

  • Reduce Stress

Living under prolonged stressful environment is also a medical condition termed chronic stress.  The ability to cope with stress and move out of the stressful environment is helpful as you can think better when you are under less stress and pressure.

Everyone deals with stress differently.  If you have a method to cope with stress, then this is not something alarming as most people must deal with stress on a daily basis.

Picking up a new hobby or learning a new craft can help to reduce stress, as you divert your attention to something new and interesting.  Draft a wellness plan and have an outlet to reduce stress is healthy and boosts resilience. 

Alternatively, plan a wellness day to indulge in activities you like on a weekly basis.  The healing self is a powerful method to first heal yourself.  Some people may indulge in a spa wellness day, otherwise may choose to go for a run, while some may just pick up a book and enjoy a cup of coffee at home.

Whatever activities they are, start doing something you like.  Set aside a fixed time or day or the week for yourself and indulge in self-care.  Such activities can be easily cultivated into a habit over a period of 3 months if you do it continuously.

  • Be Mindful

What is mindfulness?

 “Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment, through a gentle, nurturing lens.

Mindfulness also involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them—without believing, for instance, that there’s a “right” or “wrong” way to think or feel in a given moment. When we practice mindfulness, our thoughts tune into what we’re sensing in the present moment rather than rehashing the past or imagining the future.” says Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Foundation.

Spiritual wellness starts from oneself, and it is as easy as being present.  Be aware of what is happening around you.

  • Cope with Loss
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Learning to cope with the death of a family member or someone dear to you is also part of emotional wellness.  Mourning can be a painful process, and usually if you have the support of your family members and close friends around you during this painful period, can help you cope and walk out of the loss more quickly.

  • Strengthen Social Connectivity

Social wellness means getting to interact with people from all emotional levels.  These people can be your romantic partner, friends, and family, neighbours, or new people whom you meet during work or social gatherings.

Scientists have discovered that social connection is vital and helps to lengthen one’s life span.

  • Positive Mindset

Finally, having a positive mindset brings about resilience.  When you hold on to fewer negative emotions and channel your energy to developing positive energy, your body can bounce back faster from challenging and difficult times.

Let us all try to maintain positive emotional wellness and this world will be a better place to live in.  You will notice that when you are emotionally well, you become mindful, and more compassionate towards the people and community around you.

Make a positive change today and remember it all starts from you.  Collectively, all of us can do our part and make this community more forgiving and pleasant.

How does emotional wellness affect health?

Have you ever wondered, how do thoughts and emotions affect your health and wellbeing?  Some people are more outspoken compared to others.  It is important to express our thoughts and emotions and be mindful of how our actions can affect not just others, but oneself too.

In this article, we have explored what is emotional wellness and how to improve emotional wellness.

In summary, prolonged negative thoughts can lead to chronic stress, and leave you in a state of helplessness. This upsets the body’s hormones and reduces the brain chemicals for required for happiness and will shorten our life span.

Let’s all practise forgiveness, be grateful and you will notice positive vibes forming.

Also read: How To Get Glowing Skin. Wake up feeling beautiful, stay the day with positive vibes

If you need professional advice, you may also contact Dr. Nisha from Centre For Psychotherapy for a personal consultation.

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