Thank you for tuning into my second installment of my wellness series! There will be three more parts after this one, in which I will be writing about the importance of spiritual, mental, and social wellness, and how you can make small changes to improve these in your own life!
Emotional Wellness and You
This weeks blog is all around Emotional wellness. There are many factors that play into one’s emotional wellness, and taking care of yourself emotionally is vital to keeping mentally healthy. There are many signs that demonstrate the level of ones emotional wellness, and having the ability to reflect on your own level of wellness is an important step in improving yourself. A person who is engaged and involved in their own emotional wellness i is able to make decisions based on their own morals and philosophy, find validation within themselves, develop relationships based on a mutual trust and respect, recognize that challenges and stepping outside one’s comfort zone as potentially healthy, and take responsibility for their own actions. Today I’ll be overviewing various skills that you can keep in your metaphorical self care pocket when you’re not your best emotionally.
Managing stress is hands down one of the most important things in keeping yourself emotionally healthy. Stress has such a huge impact on not only your mental health, but your body as well. Stress can cause insomnia, headaches, high blood pressure, and stomach aches, just to name a few. There are a number of things you can do to help lower your own stress. In terms of incorporating stress prevention, keeping things as organized as possible works for many people. Keeping deadlines, events, and appointments either on your calendar on your phone, or in a planner that’s always with you is a way of ensuring you are aware of your schedule. Keeping a list of your plans and things that need to be completed also helps to prioritize your time and keep you on top of things. Many people I know, including myself, sometimes struggle with procrastination, whether it be from lack of motivation or other things. Putting your work into steps, or making a checklist, and putting things in order of importance is something that I know helps me a lot. Here is an article on 10 tips on beating procrastination! I know that I’ve used a lot of these, and can vouch for their usefulness.
There are also many things you can do to manage your stress in a self care aspect. Something as simple as taking a few deep breaths can work wonders by calming yourself down, slowing the heart rate, and lowering blood pressure. Simply take five minutes, sit up straight, close your eyes, and slowly breathe in through your nose, making sure that your breath fills your abdomen, and exhaling through your mouth. Listening to music is also a great stress relief. Turning on your favourite playlist, or some upbeat, feel-good music, is a quick way to improve your mood. Something I know always works for me is turning on an episode of my favourite TV show, Modern Family! It always makes me laugh, and if I am too stressed out, it temporarily clears my mind, so I can come back more focused to complete whatever it I was working on. It is also extremely important to be have someone to talk to when things are getting tough, whether it be a friend, family member, professional, or even a help line. Having someone to talk to can help you put things into perspective, especially when something seems like the end of the world, and trust me, this is a feeling I completely understand. Taking time to yourself is a huge aspect of emotional wellness, and using relaxation and self care methods is an easy way of helping yourself emotionally.
Here’s a challenge for this coming week, inspired by this article on emotional wellness.
- Engage in positive self-talk! We often find ourselves thinking things like “I can’t do this” or “This is too hard”. When you find yourself thinking these things, stop yourself, and correct it. Instead of “I can’t do this”, think “I will try my best”, instead of “This is too hard”, think “Although this seems difficult, I will do what I can and ask for help if I need it”. Even if it doesn’t feel genuine at first, the more you repeat it the more you will believe it!
- Seek emotional support when necessary. Do not be afraid to ask for help! No one is perfect, and we all need help at some point. It is more brave to ask for help when you need it than going through something difficult by yourself.
- If you have a pet, spend some time with them! I have two cats and a dog, and whenever I’m in a bad mood I always can look to one of my cats to sit with me and cuddle.
- Pamper yourself! Where I am, the weather is finally starting to warm up a little, so if you’re lucky enough to feel spring coming, go for a walk! The warmer weather and smell of spring is uplifts, and nature is always the best medicine. You can also do something as simple as take a bubble bath, get a massage, paint your nails, or do a face mask. Here’s a link to some cheap and homemade face masks!
- Develop a healthy habit that pertains to your own emotional wellness. Here are a few to choose from:
- Expressing your feelings, not bottling up
- Staying optimistic and keeping a positive attitude
- Find your own way to cope with stress
- Relax and take time to recharge
- Ask for help!
- Don’t be afraid to laugh at yourself.
I hope you found this weeks blog useful! Thanks for reading, remember to check back for next weeks blog!
Til Next Time