What Is Emotional Wellness? | Psychology Today Canada
October is the month of emotional wellbeing and emotional wellbeing is critical to our wellbeing and health. Mental health is one of the greatest challenges of our time with around one in five people suffering from a mental episode every year.
Emotional wellbeing is a term often used in spiritual circles and can often be used to ward off mental challenges, but what is it and what does it really mean to be emotionally good?
According to the National Center for Emotional Wellness, the term refers to the awareness, understanding, and acceptance of your emotions and your ability to deal effectively with challenges and change. When you are attuned to your feelings, it is easier for you to become aware of your body sensations. The more you respond to your feelings and emotions, the more reliable they become. Staying in the present moment and holding onto mindfulness without looking back too much into the past or the future is also very important for your emotional wellbeing.
Being emotionally good encourages you to slow down and promotes the practice of mindfulness. Being emotionally good doesn’t necessarily mean that you are happy all the time, but that you are aware of yourself and can change to make yourself feel better. Being emotionally good leads to a happier and blissful life, and it also gives you the opportunity to reach your full potential.
To be human means in most cases to have challenges and problems; However, it’s all about how you deal with, or deal with, these issues that determine your emotional wellbeing. It’s also about embracing all the good in your life and looking at your glass half full rather than half empty.
Here are some questions to help you determine if you are maintaining a sense of emotional well-being:
- How do you deal with others in your life personally and professionally? Those who are emotionally good tend to be more sensitive and compassionate to the needs of others, and are generally more spiritually generous.
- Are you grateful Emotionally healthy people feel grateful for their lives and for all the good they experience. They value what they have instead of complaining about what they don’t. They usually count all the blessings of their life and this does not always apply to money or material items, but rather relates to the spiritual aspects of their life.
- Are you happy with who you are? Those who are emotionally healthy are usually content with themselves. They might feel like they are living the life they always wanted to lead. They also take care of themselves physically and mentally by doing what is good for them. And they seldom complain, but instead may be seekers who often try to become better people and help others do the same. You can also have positive self-talk.
- Are you open-minded and flexible? This means that you are aware of yourself and listen to the thoughts and deliberations of yourself and others. In addition, you do not feel bound by any particular dogma or philosophy, but are ready to hear the points of view and thoughts of others.
- Do you have a purpose in life? Those who do this tend to be very well-being because they have a reason to wake up in the morning. You also tend to see the bigger picture of life. They tend to know their core values, what is most important to them, and how to focus on those values. Their purpose gives meaning to life, be it professional, family-oriented or community-oriented.
- Do you have ways to deal with your stress? Those who are emotionally stable have their own ways of dealing with the stressors in their life, be it meditation, exercise, talk therapy, or creative pursuits like art, music, or writing. You are able to maintain a balance between work and leisure.
In general, maintaining well-being in our everyday life can relate to both the positive and negative activities in our everyday life (Garling, Gamble, Fors, Hjerm, 2014). Positive wellbeing leads to happiness, while negative wellbeing tends to lead to depression and psychological challenges. If we are all trying to maintain a good sense of emotional wellbeing, this world will definitely be a better place, but it takes a group effort and there is no better time to start!