Most of us find it important to stay physically healthy, but we never stop to think about our emotional health. So here are some tips to help you Improve Your Emotional Health
What is Emotional Health?
When you injure yourself physically, you tend to treat it immediately. But just as we sustain physical injuries, we also sustain psychological ones. We feel rejected when turned down for a date, hurt when we get teased and loss when someone has died. The only difference is that we do almost nothing when that occurs.
Emotional health is just as important as your physical health. It refers to our overall psychological wellbeing, which includes how we feel about ourselves, our ability to deal with difficulties and manage our feelings.
1. Take control of your failures
Failure can take a toll on our emotional health. It distorts our perceptions in such a way that our goals seem further out of reach and our ability to overcome them seems impossible. Once your capability to succeed comes into question we become demotivated and demoralized.
You can deal with this by making a list of all the factors that are related with your goals that you are in control of and how you can improve them, such as your planning, effort, preparation, and so on.
Doing this will not only help you combat these misperceptions, but also improve your chances of success in the future.
2. Take care of your body
It may seem obvious that if you take care of your physical health you are automatically taking care of your mental wellbeing. But not many people think this way, so here are some activities that you can take on to improve yourself physically.
• Exercise: Exercising can help to lift your mood and relieve stress. You don’t need to hit the gym every day, just doing small activities such as taking a 20 minute walk a day will do.
• Sleep More: Being sleep deprived means that you won’t be functioning at your best. So try and sleep 7 to 8 hours a night.
• Healthy Diet: It’s not always easy sticking to a healthy diet, but just by doing some food swaps and balancing your foods choices you’ll boost your mood in no time.
3. Boost your self-esteem
Self-esteem is in a never ending state of flux, some days we’re feeling great and others not so much. But for some of us, when we’re feeling down, we become self-critical kicking ourselves down even more. One of the best ways that you can deal with this is to practice self-compassion.
Do this by picturing one of your close friends having similar feelings and write down what you would say to them. Afterwards read it aloud to yourself, then you’ll see that there’s no reason for you to keep yourself down.
4. Recover your self-worth
Any kind of rejection is hurtful, whether it’s from a university, a company or from the guy you have a crush on. Which is why, when we try and make sense of it, we blame ourselves. We pin it on us, saying that it’s because we’re unworthy, weak, unlovable, and so on.
The best way to revive your self-worth is to take on a self-affirming habit. Do this by acknowledging aspects of yourself that you value and qualities that you think important, such as your creativity, compassion, loyalty and so on.
Improving your emotional health isn’t easy, so why not use these tips next time you feel as if your emotional well-being is taking a beating.