Emotional Health: 3 Ways to Keep It In Check
By Genevieve Cunningham
Mental and physical health get a lot of attention, but to the surprise of many, they’re not the only kinds of health that we have to worry about. Emotional health -- or the ability to handle and deal with the emotions of life -- is critical to our happiness. So why isn’t more attention given to this aspect of our health? And what can we do to make sure that our emotions are truly in check? To protect and strengthen your emotional well-being, take a look at these simple tips.
Give Yourself Permission to Feel Your Emotions
Somewhere in the midst of growing up, we often learn that emotions are bad. We think that crying in public, or getting mad, or feeling overwhelmingly passionate about something equals weakness. But it doesn’t. Emotions are a part of life. One of the first steps to staying emotionally healthy is allowing yourself to feel them. Acknowledge that you’re irritated or even angry, and then let the emotion pass. Bottling them up and pretending that they don’t exist will only lead to a blow up later on down the road.
Find an Outlet
While emotions aren’t bad, sometimes we deal with them in less than ideal fashions. We’re feeling mad, so we throw a temper tantrum, snap at our kids, or throw something in frustration. Instead, find a productive outlet to let the emotion out. Many people find that exercise is an excellent means for venting emotions. If working out isn’t your thing, a hobby, a specific task, or something hands-on can all be effective ways to let the emotions flow.
Avoid Emotional Triggers
Many people do a great job of handling their emotions … until that one things shows up in their life. Maybe it’s a little too much alcohol and introspection; maybe it’s an ex-girlfriend or boyfriend; maybe it’s an activity that gets you riled up. Whatever it is for you, it’s important to ignore emotional triggers until you can handle them properly. This can save you a lot of energy, frustration, and possibly even embarrassment in the long run.
Improving emotional health is so important for overall well-being. It gets ignored or looked over, but it matters more than most people realise. Use these tips to get your emotions in check and to improve your overall health for a lifetime.
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