3 tips for emotional wellness

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By: Rev. Kelley M. Woggon, M.Div., BCC • Posted: October 31, 2016

When we think of wellness, we automatically think of our body and our physical well-being: exercise, healthy eating, adequate sleep.

We could even think of spiritual wellbeing: a discipline like prayer or Bible reading, meditation or worship.

But how often do we think about our emotional wellbeing? How do we take care?

Our emotions are one of the most important ways we react to what happens in our life. What we feel affects our actions and can even affect our physical health. Therefore, it is imperative to look after emotional health for general wellbeing.

Each of our paths to wellbeing is unique, but here are three that can help you along the way:

  1. Be honest. To be emotionally healthy, we need to be honest with ourselves about what we are actually feeling so that we can most effectively deal with the situation that triggered the emotions in the first place. For example, when I cry about a situation, it helps to ask, “Am I sad and that’s what my tears say, or am I really angry about something? Or do I hit someone or something angry? Am I really angry or am I perhaps afraid? ”

    Only when we are honest with ourselves and with those around us can we face the situation with integrity.

  2. Forgive. Most of us carry something that we say we can never forgive anyone. We have been hurt so badly that we cannot help but be But often forgiveness is not about the other person who caused the harm, but about us – to free ourselves from the burden of that anger, bitterness, and hatred. Forgiveness doesn’t mean that we have to be in relationship with that person or that they should not be held accountable. But it can mean that they will no longer have that power over us.
  3. To thank. Someone once wrote that it is not happiness that makes us grateful, but gratitude that makes us happy. When we live in gratitude, we can see all the many blessings, big and small, around us, and it changes our perspective on life. By spending a few minutes each day speaking out loud or writing down three things that we are grateful for, we will make great strides on the path to emotional wellbeing.

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