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October is the month of emotional wellbeing, so it’s a great time to put emotional health in the spotlight. According to Mental Health America, 31 percent of adults will have an anxiety disorder at some point in their life, over 17 million adults will have depression, and seven percent of the adult population will have major depression. It is clear that we need to put more emphasis on emotional wellbeing, including what it is and how it can be improved. “Emotional health confronts your inner states. Emotions are love, anger, joy, and sadness. Emotions can be divided into secondary and tertiary states, ”explains Katie Sandler, personal development and career coach. “Emotions and behaviors go hand in hand so that our emotions guide systems – reactions, decisions, goals, perception, etc.” Stress, fear, and low self-esteem are all emotional aspects of our health that need to be looked after. Emotional health manifests itself in a positive attitude, high self-esteem and self-esteem, and a healthy body image. Some ways we can maintain and strengthen our emotional wellbeing are:
Learn to recognize emotions. Being able to recognize emotions is a great challenge even for the most successful. It’s not something we’ve really been taught to identify and then articulate. Start by simply becoming aware of your own emotional states and patterns. Once you become aware of them, you can learn how to work them successfully in a healthy way and make sure they aren’t overwhelming.
Master coping strategies. Coping is a wonderful tool for taking care of our emotional health and building resilience. Coping comes in many different shapes and sizes – it is important that people build a toolbox with effective personal coping mechanisms. This also requires a period of trial and error. Coping can be done through things like meditation, spending time in nature, talking on the phone with a friend, breathing exercises, or journaling. When you find one that works, add it to the essential toolbox and remember to pull it out if needed.
Get to know you. Work on understanding yourself (aka loving yourself). The more you lean in and show a desire to be curious and compassionate, the more likely you are to transition into emotional health. We spend a lot of time getting to know others, but very little time getting to know ourselves, and we need to change that.