4 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Health
By Genevieve Cunningham
We hear a lot about physical health and mental health, but there is another kind of health that makes a big impact in our lives and yet often goes ignored. It’s our emotional health that gives us feelings and desires and determines the way that we feel about everyday life. When our emotional health is poor, it can contribute to both physical and mental health issues. To protect (or learn!) the emotional health in your life, take a look at and use these tips daily.
Grow Some Thicker Skin
This is easier said than done, but it’s an invaluable skill that will serve you for your entire life. Thick skin simply means that you allow bad moments or stressful situations to roll off your back. You don’t let them bother you, but instead move on as quickly as these moments happen. While this can’t happen for every instance in life, it can happen far more often than we allow. Practice using a little bit thicker skin, and you’ll notice your emotional health improve exponentially.
Calm Your Mind
When your mind is worked up and stressed, it’s much harder to stay emotionally controlled and healthy. But how can you calm your mind? Some people turn to forces like meditation and yoga, both of which are excellent at helping the mind find peace. Others simply take a few minutes throughout the day to release any excess stress or to breathe deep in some silence. It doesn’t matter which route you choose as long as you find something that works for you and keeps your mind from the madness.
Say No … and Then Say It Again
Poor emotional health often comes about simply because of our inability to say no. When asked to take on more work, commit to a family obligation, try a new product or service (and subsequently a new bill), or do any number of things, we say yes when we really want to scream no at the top of our lungs. While you don’t have to actually scream no, it’s OK to say the word out loud and mean it. When you have enough on your plate, just say no to protect yourself emotionally.
Let It Out
Bottling up your thoughts and feelings is a surefire way to allow your emotions to explode later down the line. Find someone that you can talk to regularly … be that a friend, family member, or therapist … and get your emotions out from time to time. Sometimes all you need is to be heard. Once someone hears you, the need for emotional expression goes down, and your emotional self control goes up.
Our emotions are big! They make up a huge portion of who we are, and when we are unable to control them, it leads to poor health physically and mentally. Use these tips to keep yourself emotionally sound and healthy and feel better than ever from the inside out.
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