Mental health plays a very important role in maintaining our health. It is a broad concept that involves our social, psychological and emotional wellbeing. One in every 5 individuals is suffering from some kind of a mental health problem.
As per Anna Guchok, Holistic Wellness Expert – Emotional wellness can be understood as the ability of a human to manage and navigate effectively through different challenges and stressful changes that comes in life. One cannot always control the situation one lands up in life, but they can always control how they manage it and how much will they let the situation affect them.
Taking care of your emotional wellness is one of the best ways to deal with different stressors that life throws at you. Being aware of your situation and your resources (with respect to your strengths and weaknesses) will put you in a better position to deal with your problem. You can then tackle the very same problem in a much calmer and less stressful way.
6 Reasons why being emotionally well can be beneficial for you:
1. Gives you the opportunity to practice mindfulness:
The major aspect of emotional wellness is to be aware of yourself and your surroundings. The way to achieve that is through practicing mindfulness. Mindfulness is a state of being completely aware of yourself at the present moment. It is letting yourself get immersed in the present and soaking up all the emotions that you are experiencing.
It is giving yourself to the task at hand 100%, with no other thoughts coming to mind. Mindfulness is also recommended as a treatment for people who are suffering from depression. Practicing mindfulness can actually change the structure and functioning of the brain. A study reported that doing activities of mindfulness actually increases activities in the prefrontal cortex, the part of the brain that is associated with positive emotions.
2. Encourages you to slow down
Emotional wellness makes you more aware of yourself, you can analyze your strengths and weaknesses in a much better way. You can understand what activity is making you happy and bringing in peace while at the same time what activity is causing you discomfort and stress. It helps you take out more time that actually brings you happiness and enables you to deal in a better way with tasks that causes stress.
3. You feel more self-aware
When you are mindful of your emotions, your insecurities, your limitations, and your abilities you are more in touch with yourself. You are completely in sync with your feelings which can help you deal with the situations around you. You are more present while doing a task at hand and more careful about how you spend your time.
4. You are able to shift from one emotion to other
The ability to shift from experiencing one emotion to another comes from emotional wellness. This comes handy when you are in an emotional or difficult situation that requires critical thinking. The capacity to detach yourself from the situation and emotions that you are feeling and to subjectively think about the situation in hand can also help in making decisions on important matters. You can channelize your anger and make yourself more productive in stressful situations.
5. Allows you to show your true potential
When you practice mindfulness and give yourself one hundred percent to the task at hand, you are more likely to receive positive results. It helps you to fully unlock and channelize your potential and capabilities in the right direction. You become better with stress management and thus can even give your best under stressful situations where others may feel pressurized. You don’t let your emotions get the best of you. You can handle any kind of situation and still show positive results. You are more self-aware about your shortcomings and your fortitude.
6. Assists you to deal with life issues smoothly
Emotional wellness puts you in a better position to deal with any and all the obstacles that life throws at you. It gives you the power to harness your true abilities even during a time of distress. You are able to emotionally detach yourself from the situation and think practically, thus providing you with a better chance to tackle the problem in front of you. Given the many amazing ways that emotional wellness impacts our life, it is only smart to take out time to develop and enhance it.
7 Ways you can develop your emotional wellness are:
1. Develop awareness
In order to take advantage of emotional wellness, you need to be aware of your situation and yourself. Practice activities that help you in developing mindfulness. When you have fully immersed yourself in the present situation, you are fully aware of all the different aspects of it. We have already discussed how mindfulness is useful in life. Let us take a quick look at how you can work on improving it.
One of the most trusted ways to develop mindfulness is to practice meditation. Allow all the thoughts that come in and then slowly clear your mind of all thoughts and concentrate on one thing. Playing sports or even indoor board games is said to be a great way to develop mindfulness.
Taking up arts and crafts can also help in developing mindfulness as you can focus better.
Mindfulness is something that you actively need to seek. You need to put in efforts to be mindful of every situation. You need to train your brain to practice mindfulness every day before it comes to you.
2. Observe the situation from aside/ detach yourself from the situation.
Many times due to being caught up in our emotions we misread or misinterpret a situation. How many times have you experienced that during the heat of the moment you reacted irrationally and probably the situation wasn’t that bad? We very often let the emotions get the best of us and that worsens the situation.
We tend to get so involved with the problem and let the problem or the situation overpower us. We are consumed by our thoughts and that drains out the energy which is required to think or act rationally. The best way to deal with a problem is by getting completely emotionally detached from the problem and think about it in a logical manner. You are more likely to come up with a productive solution and won’t stress yourself out.
3. Accept your feelings and emotions
You need to realize that it is okay to feel the way you feel. You are entitled to your feelings, there is nothing wrong about feeling or experiencing negative emotions. No one can be happy all the time. It is only when you accept your feelings and emotions completely, you can be self-aware.
Accepting your feelings is the first step towards understanding yourself. When you understand yourself completely, you are more at peace with yourself. This keeps your mind clear and helps you to be more mindful of yourself.
4. Look at the things from new angles
When you feel stuck with some ongoing problem, try looking at it from a different angle. If you can’t change the situation, then think about a way to make that situation beneficial for you. A little creative thinking can go a long way in changing your perspective and your situation. When you change your perspective about something, you can realize new things about the situation that had previously gone unnoticed by you.
5. Practice mindfulness
Mindfulness can help in reducing rumination, the act of going over something in your mind in a repetitive manner. This tends to cause problems like anxiety, stress, depression etc. When you reduce your overthinking about unpleasant memories you are more likely to have good emotional health.
There are researches that hint that mindfulness can help people distance themselves from emotionally upsetting information. People who are trained in mindfulness were better able to focus on cognitive tasks.
6. Seek balance
Maintaining balance in life during different situations that life puts us through is very important. We need to learn to keep our emotions in check. When we let any kind of emotion overpower us for too long we lose our ability to critically analyze that situation. The overthinking of problems or stressors can actually take a toll on our emotional wellbeing. This, in turn, affects our relationships and all our connections and our level of productivity, which then again causes more stress. It is like an endless vicious cycle that needs to be taken care of so that it doesn’t cause any more trouble.
7. Accept support
In our quest of being independent and trying to figure out everything ourselves, we sometimes put unnecessary burdens on our minds. There is nothing wrong with asking for help to deal with the situation. We are not weak because we ask for help, in fact, it takes courage to open up about a problem and seek advice. Many times our minds are clouded with negative emotions and cannot come up with a solution even if it’s right in front of our eyes.
During these times, asking for help from an outsider helps us get a better perspective. Even emotional support from the loved ones can go a long way in calming your mind. So open up your problems in front of your loved ones and accept and cherish the comfort that they will provide you with.
Emotional wellness programs are widespread and high in demand. People are now looking at holidays and traveling as a way to emotionally heal themselves. There are so many resorts and spas that offer therapies and conduct activities that help with building emotional wellness and emotional healing. These retreats help you with reducing stress and anxiety in life. They also teach you the ways with which you can have a happy healthy and prolonged life.
When you decide to travel, seek the kind of retreats and experiences that can help you with your emotional and mental wellbeing. Being in a positive and healthy state of mind can actually help you become more productive in life. It can also help you in maintaining healthy and fulfilling relationships. It is sometimes important to disconnect from the world and take time to heal yourself in order to reconnect in a better way.
Anna Guchok – Holistic Wellness and Medical Tourism Expert & Speaker,
Chief Associate at Dr Prem & Associates.