Each day we all experience many different emotions. Positive emotions make us feel good but negative emotions can affect us deeply. Emotions can be hard to control and can affect our ability to manage our daily lives. Our emotions affect those around us and vice versa. The mood of those we’re close to also affects our mood.
Being able to manage emotions and have “good emotional health” greatly boost your mental state, including your relationships with family and friends. And it affects overall mental health and brain health. Good mental health begins with good emotional well-being.
What Is Emotional Well-Being?
Emotional well-being is being able to recognize and cope with various emotions and deal with stress and pressure in life through understanding. It includes being able to adapt to change and difficult times. People with good emotional well-being manage their lives more effectively, helping them build and maintain good relationships with the people around them.
How Important Is Emotional Well-Being?
Good emotional well-being has a direct impact on overall mental health. And it also affects relationships with people around you. Studies have also found that good emotional well-being affects physical well-being too. Practicing good emotional well-being is extremely important. Being able to manage your emotions effectively also helps you manage your relationships with those around you. Good emotional well-being…
- Improves mental health
- Enhances relationships with those around you.
- Make life better.
- Increases your chances of career success.
- Improves health: There is clear scientific data that good emotional well-being boosts the immune system, reducing the risk of various illnesses.
How to Recognize Good Emotional Well-Being?
Good emotional well-being is the ability to recognize emotions and manage them appropriately. It can involve many elements:
- Being able to recognize your own feelings and accept them as true, not denying their existence or trying not to accept them. If you’re angry, for example, acknowledge it and admit you’re angry.
- Being able to handle and express various emotions appropriately, such as anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, amusement, satisfaction.
- Being able to express yourself and face others appropriately.
- Feeling good about yourself with self-esteem and accepting your identity.
- Having the skills to cope with stress, frustration, crises, or other negative emotions.
- Knowing and accepting your gender identity.
- Being able to build and maintain good relationships with close people.
There are many signs that indicate good emotional health, such as:
- Being able to talk about your emotions or concerns.
- Being able to say no when necessary without feeling guilty.
- Feeling mostly satisfied with life.
- Feeling that someone cares, gives support, so you don't feel alone.
- Having ways to relax to reduce stress.
How to Check Your Emotional Well-Being
So how can we check our emotional health? Consider the following simple questions.
- Do you view stress as a learning opportunity or something to be avoided?
- Can you recognize your physical sensations, emotions, and behavior when you are stressed?
- Do you allow yourself to be honest about your feelings?
- How do you take care of yourself each day?
- If you are struggling and need help, do you have the courage to ask others for help?
How Can We Create Emotional Well-Being?
Emotional well-being is a skill that everyone can practice and strengthen. There are 6 secrets to creating emotional well-being:
1. Create a habit of falling down and getting back up
Life has ups and downs. People with good emotional well-being are better able to bounce back from setbacks. Rise up from mistakes quickly and be strong. You can practice falling and getting up by...
- Knowing how to maintain your physical health.
- Giving yourself some time each day.
- Learning to look at problems from other perspectives.
- Learning from mistakes
- Always expressing gratitude.
- Considering your beliefs, meaning, and life goals.
2. Know how to relax and let go
We have to face stressful situations. Stress makes us alert and energized in times of need. But if stress continues for a long time it becomes a chronic accumulation with a negative effect on the mind, brain, and body. Having good emotional well-being requires practicing stress relief as follows.
- Get enough sleep.
- Exercise regularly.
- Know how to prioritize what to do first, what to do later.
- Don't be too hard on yourself. Practice encouragement and be gentle with yourself.
- Find a relaxation method that suits you.
- Dare to ask for help.
3. Give importance to getting quality sleep
There are many things we have to do each day. We might get less time to sleep and rest. But sleep is vital for our mental health and our brains. When we're sleep deprived, our brains are tired. Thinking and awareness of emotions will deteriorate. Creating good emotional well-being requires quality sleep, which can be practiced as follows.
- Be disciplined about sleep. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.
- Keep your bedroom dark and quiet.
- Don't forget to exercise regularly. Exercise will improve the quality of your sleep.
- Use screens appropriately. Don’t watch TV or use your mobile phone to the point of disturbing sleep.
- Practice relaxation before sleeping.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages or tea or coffee before going to bed.
- If you do all this and your sleep isn’t getting better, see a doctor.
4. Be mindful and focus on the present.
Being mindful in the present helps us to be aware of our emotions and inner feelings and of people and things around us. Being mindful enhances our awareness. We can practice as follows.
- Take a deep breath and feel the cool air flowing through your nostrils. Then count slowly in your head 1, 2, 3, 4, then pause for one second. Then exhale slowly through your mouth, counting in your mind as well 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Practice repeating this often until you can feel the breath naturally.
- Try going out for a walk slowly, paying attention to the nature around you, the smells, the lights, the scenery, the wind blowing against you.
- Eat mindfully. Pay attention to the taste of every bite you are chewing and know when you are full enough.
- Try practicing being aware of your body's sensations. Get to know your body from your inner feelings. Slowly consider the sensations of each part of your body.
- Try searching for other resources for learning how to practice mindfulness in a way that suits you.
5. Cope with loss with understanding.
Loss is natural. When someone we love passes away there will inevitably be sadness and sorrow. We can learn how to cope with the emotions of loss in the following ways.
- Take care of yourself.
- Talk with friends who care.
- Don't make hasty decisions right away.
- Join groups of people who have suffered loss to help each other.
- Consider consulting with an expert.
- If you experience problems with daily life, consult a doctor.
- Accept and endure the feelings of loss. And as time passes your feelings will gradually improve.
6. Build good relationships with people around you
Scientific research has discovered that good relationships are one of the factors that greatly influence physical, mental, and brain health. Good relationships contribute to a long life, whether it’s relationships with your life partner, family, friends, neighbors, and community. They’re all interconnected and can be strengthened as follows.
- Build good relationships with your children.
- Create active habits for yourself, your family, and close friends.
- If you have to look after another family member, try asking other people for help. Don't bear everything alone.
- Join clubs or groups to do hobbies or activities together such as drawing, chess, petanque, etc.
- Try taking a class to learn new things.
- Volunteer to help society in areas you value, such as schools, libraries, and community gardens, or maintenance of religious places.
- Try traveling, meeting people, making new friends.
We all experience a variety of emotions that come our way at every stage of our lives, both positive and negative. Good emotional well-being is another dimension that is crucial to overall good health because it helps our mental health. Maintaining relationships with those close to you helps protect the brain from degeneration. Living in an environment that promotes and supports true and well-rounded emotional well-being, including activities, shouldn’t be overlooked for good quality of life in all aspects,
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