Emotional Wellness Matters
We have been reporting on the coronavirus pandemic almost every day for over a year and a half. The economy has big problems – hysterical mass exits from Afghanistan, many people out of work – oh, it’s hard not to be a little emotionally shaken these days.
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While you may be reluctant to admit (or even realize) it during the chaos, emotional wellbeing is essential in your daily life – just as important as washing your hands and covering your mouth when coughing.
Psychologists define emotional well-being as “awareness, understanding and acceptance of your emotions and your ability to deal effectively with challenges and change”.
In short, emotional wellbeing equips you with the skills you need to tackle complex challenges that will go up and down your life. Challenge after challenge, day in and day out, is an integral part of life – and productivity.
So what are you doing to develop and protect your emotional health? Here are some helpful practices to keep you on track.
1. Prioritize physical wellbeing
Entrepreneurs – apparently more than others – think they can burn the candle on either end day after day and night after night, hours of work that you wouldn’t curse your worst enemy with – and are then surprised when something breaks down in the body or soul .
Your body and mind are inextricably linked, perhaps more so than you realize. As a result, taking care of yourself reduces your risk of all kinds of emotional and mental health problems, including stress, depression, and other illnesses.
Do what mom told you: eat right, get enough sleep, and move around – every day. These three things can make all the difference in terms of emotional wellbeing, but can be difficult during a pandemic, family issues, work overload, etc. Nevertheless, moments of need happen to everyone and make healthy routines even more necessary.
2. Tap the power of habit
Insecurity harms emotional wellbeing by making you feel vulnerable or having no control over your results. But there are still things that you are in control of, and your daily habits will help you identify where your best strength is waiting to encourage you.
Not only professionals need routines that help them stay on track during the day and recharge their batteries at night. If you’re depressed, unemployed, or a stay-at-home parent, setting and sticking to habits can reinvigorate your willpower and motivation. Habits are the key to productivity and staying healthy – whatever your life is now. Start with the little things and only then do more when you are able to.
Below are the basics that anyone can normally get a grip on to get started with physical and mental wellbeing. Get these habits as a base and build from here.
- Wake up at a set time each morning.
- Eat a healthy breakfast.
- A practice.
- Practice mindfulness.
- Limit screen time, especially before bed.
- Have clothes ready for the next day.
- Create and follow a to-do list.
- Have something on your list to look forward to every day.
Practice habits that you also enjoy, such as: B. an appointment with your partner or friends. Don’t let the “hole” you find yourself in, privately or professionally, stop you from being happy.
Healthy, happy people are much more likely to be physically and emotionally stable people who work to stay healthy. What this statement means is essential self-care. So add self-care routines to your calendar as a reminder to check-in.
3. Use fear as fuel
It is normal to get anxious in your home or nation during turbulent times – and we have now added world problems. I don’t think I can take another wildfire or hurricane, and if any one of my friends gets COVID – Jeez, we’ll have problems. It may not be entirely preventable, but you can turn anxiety into productivity if that nagging sensation takes a blow to your senses.
Anxiety creates adrenaline, which can give you an energy boost. For example, you can tidy up and organize your workspace, or use that itchy feeling as an opportunity to get moving or tackle a project that you want to finish.
One night fear attacked – and in San Francisco I got up and ran around the block. Then I returned home – and put a big check mark on my to-do list to show that I had done my exercises for the next day and slept like a baby.
Once you have depleted that anxious energy, you can think more clearly about the cause of your anxiety (yes, surprise, work appointments). Take a few moments to regroup and reflect – will help you process your emotions. You will be able to return to peak productivity rather than doing mediocre work as a result of untreated emotional turmoil.
4. Keep a journal
Don’t underestimate the physical and emotional benefits of a journal. Journaling helps you understand the circumstances you are going through. Whether it’s office politics, the ongoing pandemic rhetoric, a boss who is on your toes for every little thing – a colleague who doesn’t shut up, or your sick child, every new issue can give you an interesting way to keep your reflections in a journal.
Your journal can be as simple as a bulleted list. You can write about what you want to achieve during the day – or your writing can be as complex as a conscious narration of what is bothering or confusing you. I like to have a great long history of complaints and make them sound as desperate and neighing as possible.
Journaling may make it easier for you to tell your emotions and deal with them honestly – in the comfort and security of a lined notebook page. Just for your information – I write so much that people get curious about what I’m writing about and wonder if I’m “saying” something about them. I’ve had a few relaxations in this area (more than one person has looked at my writing).
So – take a sheet of paper from my book and lock your diary to write complaints. Nobody else should be privy to this information unless you want to – this letter is only for you.
5. Know your limits
It can be easy to feel that you are not doing enough during stressful times. But unfortunately, feeling like you’re not doing enough isn’t where you want your space to be more productive – and can lead you to overwork (again, entrepreneurs anywhere in the world).
If you overcompensate with your schedule and overload it with unnecessary things, ask to have problems in another area of your life. Cluttering your calendar with tasks will only affect your emotional wellbeing.
The day only has 24 hours, so you need to prioritize your work or life plan (and for these these are not the same). Based on your values and goals, choose realistic items to add to your to-do list and make a commitment. Also plan in downtime to refocus and recharge.
6. Take the time to connect
In fact, you can push connections aside. Sure you can’t. As it turns out, connecting with others outside of work is essential to your emotional wellbeing.
There are many ways to connect with others. Check your neighbors with a phone call or text message, FaceTime some friends you haven’t seen in a while. Write a letter to a family member who lives across the country. These are connections that you may not consider connections – but they are.
Whatever you do, don’t think social media is enough. Studies have shown that likes and shares create an endorphin high, but don’t create the depth of connection you need.
Work on connections that will give you the emotional fuel you need to keep going. Only about five of these close connections can be sustained over the long term. Your connections also need to be balanced. Find and nurture relationships that make life comfortable – help you stay healthy – and that can help you achieve your goals, such as: B. Advancing your career.
It is important to stay healthy physically and mentally. You have to prioritize early and well to be victorious. You wouldn’t take part in a physical race without training or preparation, but you think you can do this life race without help. You can not. Focus on your habits first and move on from there.
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