Improving your emotional wellness – GREAT BEND TRIBUNE

October is National Emotional Wellness Month. The National Institute of Health offers tips for improving your emotional mental health. Everyone feels stressed from time to time, but recognizing the signs and symptoms of stress can be difficult. Stress is how the body and the brain react to every request. The problem is, not everyone deals with stress the same way.

Not all stress is bad. Stress often helps us do something. Stress can actually help a person get a better grade on a test or win a race. But stress can also build up and lead to problems.

Long-term stress can damage your health over a long period of time; it can put a strain on your body and cause serious health problems. This is why it is so important to learn how to manage your emotional wellbeing. There are ways to manage or manage the stresses of life and adjust to the tough times.

Six strategies for improving your emotional health can be found at: https://www.nih.gov/health-information/emotional-wellness-toolkit

The word “resilience” has been used a lot in the past two years. People who are emotionally good have fewer negative emotions and can recover from difficult situations.

The first step in improving your emotional health is to develop a more positive mindset by practicing gratitude and spending time with positive people. The second tip is to manage your stress by getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and finding an activity that is relaxing for you. The third important tip is to get a good night’s sleep. Sleep affects both our mental and physical health. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have faster reflexes, and focus better.

Fourth, practice being aware of what is happening in the present – all that is going on around and within you. Stop and take a few deep breaths through your nose, hold for a second, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. It may be necessary to repeat this throughout the day until you are fully aware of what is going on in your body.

Fifth, when someone you love dies, your world changes. Take care of yourself to cope with this loss. Talk to a good and caring friend. Be patient with yourself. Grief is very difficult, and grief just takes time.

The sixth strategy is to strengthen your social connections. This has been especially difficult over the past year and a half, but finding ways to connect to support your emotional wellbeing is important. Reach out to family and friends, but make new friends, take a class, or volunteer for something that is important to you. Social connections can have a huge impact on your emotional wellbeing.

Berny Unruh is the Family and Community Wellness Agent for the Cottonwood Extension District. She can be reached at 785-628-9430 or at [email protected]

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