Emotional wellness had a tough go of it in 2020.
How does one describe emotional wellness? It’s what intertwines your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. It allows you to recognize and accept your
feelings, both the positive and the negative. It includes adjusting to stress, life changes, and difficult times. (Hello, COVID-19!)
Those with their emotional wellness in check practice self-care, relaxation, stress reduction, and enjoy inner strength. They are comfortable in their own skin and can develop strong personal relationships. Emotional wellness also involves learning and growing from personal experiences.
When your emotional wellness needs help, you may find it tough to manage stress or express your emotions. This can decrease your general well-being and lead to health problems, like depression or high blood pressure.
Here are a few things to try to become more emotionally well:
- Strive to build and foster strong, positive relationships. Start by distancing yourself from the people in your life where the relationship building is all on you—when you’re the only one checking in and making plans. Focus on those people in your life who make you laugh, feel appreciated, and loved.
- Live in the present. It can be difficult but try not to worry about the past or stress about the future. Enjoy life as it unfolds. Your kid is super excited to tell you something? Stop what you’re doing and soak it in - they grow up fast. It’s a beautiful day outside? Get out there, take a walk, and enjoy the sights and sounds around you.
- Probably most importantly, own your feelings and emotions. Had a bad day? Do something that makes you feel better, like exercising, talking it out with a friend, or yoga meditation. Excited about how something is playing out at work? Focus on how the possible changes will enhance your engagement and experience.
Like most worthwhile things in life, emotional wellness takes ongoing effort and attention to achieve. Those who make their emotional wellness a priority are in the best position to successfully deal with life’s ups, downs, and everything in between.