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Becoming Emotionally Healthy

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  • November 21st 2021

Protecting and nurturing your emotional health is just as important as safeguarding your physical well-being.

Being emotionally healthy means understanding and regulating your own emotions, while also recognising and empathising with the feelings of others. You can engage in many habits regularly, some every day and some now and then, that can help you maintain your mental and emotional health. Here are our favourites. 

Building Your Emotional Health

Be More Mindful

Becoming more mindful benefits your emotional health in many ways. First, it helps you become more aware of your feelings, which means you can better identify them and their possible source or trigger. Being more mindful also keeps you focused more on the present, eliminating dwelling on the past or worrying about the future. Engaging in mindful meditation or mindfulness practices can help you control your emotions and improve your emotional well-being. 

Rethink failure

When you experience failure, it can distort how you think about yourself and your future goals. But, when you learn to think of failure differently, as a learning opportunity instead of a setback, you can learn a great deal and stop allowing it to control your emotions.

Failure is feedback. It tells you where you need to improve to succeed next time. Changing your thinking about this critical learning experience can improve your emotional health during times of struggle. 

3. Keep a Journal

Journaling is an excellent way to record your thoughts, focus on your gratitude, and release emotions rather than keep them bottled up. When you write about your feelings, it improves your mental health and allows you to reflect later on things to help you see your progress or identify unhealthy patterns that are holding you back. Journaling can help reduce anxiety, too. Get into a daily habit of journaling to enjoy better emotional health. 

4. Eat a Healthy Diet

Most people do not think how they eat influences how they feel, but there is a strong connection. When you eat healthy foods, you are more likely to feel energetic and alert. 

Eating healthy foods improves your overall health, too, which adds to your mental and emotional health. Those who eat a diet high in sugar, fats, and processed foods are more likely to be overweight, suffer from depression, or experience other problems with their wellness. 

5. Get the Sleep You Need

Your body needs sleep, and so does your mind. When you get consistent, quality rest, your health will improve, your mind will be more precise, and you will be better able to deal with stress and process your emotions. 

Start by establishing a bedtime routine that ensures you go to bed at the same time every night. Ban screens from your hands for at least one hour before you go to sleep, and focus on relaxing thoughts as soon as you lay down to rest. Restful sleep improves your outlook and ability to handle whatever life throws your way. 

6. Look for Ways to Learn from Loss

When you experience emotionally stressful events, such as a death, the end of a relationship, or some trauma, it can be helpful to look for meaning or purpose to these experiences. This will take time, but it can be beneficial in the long term for moving on from emotionally traumatising circumstances. 

Suggesting many come in the form of a new appreciation for certain things or people, finding strength or talents you did not know you had before or connecting you with people you have come to love. 

7. Get Feedback from Others

When it comes to your emotional health, you are not always the most impartial judge of how well you are at the moment. Asking for feedback from those whom you trust can help identify areas where you could improve or grow. 

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