Emotional wellness is an important part of the overall wellness of an individual. It is crucial for our health, peace, and well-being. While mental wellness conversations are gaining importance for all the right reasons in the present times, what does it truly mean to be emotionally well?
Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog. Last week, I shared a blog dedicated to the components of personal wellness for an individual. And, no points for guessing, emotional wellness was mentioned as a very much a significant component.
Though emotional wellness as a term is often used in spiritual concepts, the meaning is much deeper and equally relevant to the mental wellness of an individual. It refers to the awareness, understanding, acceptance, and acknowledgment of our emotions.
The society we live in has always played a role in how and what we feel. Even though it has taken us a long, long time to understand that emotional wellness exists within a living being, we have a long to know that there is a need to teach people about their emotions and their acceptance.
Hence, here are the ways for you to maintain your emotional wellness quotient in your everyday life:
1. Treat the people the right way
When you are emotionally well, you treat the people around you in a better way. Instead of being judgemental, you are sensitive and compassionate with them. You try to understand the reason behind people’s behavior and do your best to be an asset to them.
2. Learn to be grateful
Gratitude is a very poignant trait of an emotionally well human being. I’d be honest, I am still in the process of learning it. I have started with a morning gratitude journal 2 weeks ago. It allows me to reflect back on the positives of yesterday and helps me to focus on the good things that are happening with me instead of bemoaning and cribbing about the negatives that I used to do, quite a lot.
You can read more about gratitude and appreciation here.
3. Be flexible & have an open mindset
Just because you think something should happen a particular way doesn’t make it the only way it can happen. Researchers reveal that people are emotionally well when they have a broader perspective towards life in general. Criticism of even the slightest of things is a very unhealthy way to cause self-harm. Narrower the point of view more is the stress.
Hence, maintain a positive outlook towards life. This doesn’t mean you have to be super positive all the time and neglect the wrongdoings around you. This simply means to appreciate the pleasant times and maintain those feel-good emotions.
4. Accept your feelings
This is probably the hardest thing to do in the present times. We have made the expression of feelings so complicated and difficult, not just for others but for ourselves too. It is vital to understand and know what’s happening inside us as much as it is about our surroundings.
If we don’t acknowledge and accept our feelings, how are we supposed to live with peace? We need to get over the ‘autopilot’ mode and allow ourselves to be. Yes, just allow yourselves to simply be yourself. Commit to mindful practices to incorporate the required changes. But, before you feel the need for change, accept it.
5. Know your purpose
A lot of us are living our lives off our purposes. We already know that we aren’t meant to be where we are, we know our calling is different but there is something that holds us back. Trust me, I know how it feels. Been there, done that. But, passed it too. When you have a purpose to wake up every morning and the day in to look forward to, you have a higher and developed sense of well-being. You can read more about finding your purpose here.
6. Manage your stress
Stress is an inevitable part of our lifestyle now. We got to deal with it either way. But, obviously, when it can be done with ease then why allow it to cause self-harm? Stress brings this huge rush of energy along but when it lasts for a longer time, it can actually become chronic and thereby fatal. Some of the ways to manage stress are breathing exercises, meditation, journaling, and some nature walk.
7. Self-contentment is most important
What we feel about ourselves has a great impact on all our relationships, be that personal or professional. Our feelings and emotions are the results of what we think both consciously and subconsciously. When we are aware of our feelings and have the courage to accept them, we are preparing ourselves to bounce back and recover from setbacks in life. This ability is called resilience.
8. Sleep properly
I cannot stress enough about this but sleeping is as much important as working. We seriously need to stop glorifying burnouts and over productivity. The present world and the lives we are living today need to normalize 7, 8, or even 9 hours of sleep. Because, how do you expect results out of your input if it is done half-heartedly and with this feeling of fatigue all the time?
A night of good sleep not only improves our mental health but it has its significance in our physical health too. So, if you are not sleeping properly you ought to set up your sleeping schedules buddy! Trust me, it is important.
Emotional wellness is very much a part of our overall wellness. It is as important as the other aspects of an individual’s wellbeing. Maintaining the sense of emotional wellbeing is an everyday practice. It is built with time.
Moreover, I don’t think we can ever reach the full potential to maintain our emotional wellness. The dynamics of the human mind change every day. What makes us happy today might bother us tomorrow. It is truly a never-ending process.
What do you think? I’d love to have your input on it. Do share your views in the comments below.
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