Tips to Improve Your Emotional Health

Maintaining good emotional health is vital not only for one’s mental well being; but, also for leading fulfilling lives with full control on one’s emotions and behavior.Emotional health reflects upon the way a person sees himself and those around him. It is a reflection into his psychological state and his ability to manage emotions during crisis and otherwise.Good mental health does not only mean an absence of psychological disturbances. It rather indicates the presence of positive emotional characteristics. An emotionally healthy person is in control of his or her feelings as well as behavior even in the most challenging of situations. Life throws lemons at all of us; it’s the way we deal with them that reflects our mental health.While all of us are granted our moments of weakness; it is important we make efforts to maintain good emotional health. People who spend time and conscious effort to strengthen their mental health often are found to be more resilient in times of trouble. They not only have an optimistic outlook to life but, also enjoy stronger personal and professional relationships.Here are some ways to work on a stronger emotional health:Building resilience – by resilience we mean the ability to bounce back from traumatic and stressful situations; getting life back on track with one’s determination to remain happy, focused, calm and in control of one’s emotions. It is important to build one’s resilience over the years through all the experiences life offers. Some of the best ways to do this are:
Acknowledge pain:
Confront your feelings and heartbreaks.
Let yourself acknowledge the hurt and reason out its causes.
Understand the importance of experiencing pain without blaming yourself or sulking over it too long.
Deal with it: Once you acknowledge that pain is there; find out ways to deal with it. Step back for a while from everyday hassles and indulge yourself in some activities that will not just divert you but also energize you for the task ahead.Learn when to put it aside: Coming to terms with heartbreak will allow you the flexibility to at times shut it out temporarily and just focus on the present important tasks.Support system: rely on your support system of friends and family and at times allow them to make some distracting decisions for you and take care of you.Exercise and mental health: exercising is not only good for the body but also for the mind. When we exercise the body releases the happy chemicals or endorphins, which lift our mood and energize us.Incorporate exercise in your daily routine: weather it is a half an hour walk, or an hour of gymming, some yoga or aerobics. It could be any form of exercising, but you need to get moving. Take out time for exercise and you’ll see your moods lifting.Go out in the sun: sunlight is very important, not just for the bones but also for your mood. After all who can stay sad on a bright and sunny day?Take enough sleep: just as exercising getting your required seven to eight hours of sleep too is a must for the body’s proper functioning.Pamper yourself: By pampering yourself we do not mean going overboard with feeding in to desires. It means doing things that make you feel good about yourself and boost your self esteem. Like:
Helping the needy around you.
Going through the day with self discipline and following your routine.
Indulging in a hobby
Joining a new activity to learn something you do not know.
Go in for beauty treatments or massages for relaxation.
Restrict unhealthy mental habits: habits like unnecessary worrying, dwelling over the past, building your guilt and feeding your stress are wasteful and unhealthy for emotional strength. Refrain from too much thinking and self talks. Be conscious when your mind wanders to these never return lands and make efforts to bring yourself back on track. Be determined not to encourage yourself and others from pulling you into the quicksand of negative emotions.Invest in your support system: build a strong support system of friends (even if they are only a few) and family around you. Allow them to take care of you and spend time with them. It will always lift your spirits as they care.
Go out with them and have social interactions. Human beings are by nature social beings and isolation is detrimental.
Learn to differentiate between positive and negative company. When going through turbulent times stick to someone who not only is a good listener but also a positive influence.
Steer clear from those who pull you back into depression and stress.
With some conscious effort you will eventually learn to strengthen your emotional quotient and have a positively inclined mindset.