Guard Your Emotional Health
Guard Your Emotional Health is the tenth in a series of ten articles from the book Women’s Emotional Wellness by Robert Hoffman. We hope you have found comfort and value from it.
Take Care of Your Emotional Health
Ask yourself, how are you feeling right now? If you can say you are doing great, that’s wonderful! Unfortunately, not everyone will be able to say that.
Based on global statistics, one in four people, every hour, becomes besieged by a mental health issue – specifically with their emotions. The problem lies in not being able to deliver appropriate emotional responses to challenging life events.
Learning to Deal
According to the psychologist, Dr. Guy Winch, people can become good at taking care of their physical bodies yet can become inattentive to their emotional wellbeing. Taking care of your emotional health means knowing how to deal effectively with all the stressors and problems that can come at you from all areas of your life.
It would be exceptional if we could all have mastered caring for our emotions while growing up. However, emotional wellness is something that we can continuously improve throughout our lives. So all is not lost.
Here are a few tips to help you do just this.
Maybe you’ve heard this advice countless times, but really the first step to take so you can take care of your emotional health is to become self-aware. Self-awareness refers to your ability to be conscious of what’s going on within and around you. If you continuously strive to be open and alert, you will be able to stop yourself from doing something that you may regret later.
If you prioritize self-awareness, you can regulate yourself and enjoy wonderful moments in your life. You will develop a better understanding of how your emotions mix to build the structure of your current mood and outlook on life.
Become Familiar With Your Emotional Responses
The second way to care for your emotional health is to be familiar with the way you respond to unexpected situations. There is nothing in the world that triggers an emotional response more than an unexpected, shocking situation.
When this happens to you, how do you react? Do you suddenly burst forth with energy, or do you restrain and control yourself in order to respond in a calculated, well-behaved manner? Is your response rational and appropriate to the circumstance?
If you study yourself carefully, you will discover that as a person, you tend to respond to situations in a particular way.
Once you can decode the mystery behind the automatic response of your behavior, you can anticipate potential responses. You will also be able to do something to manage yourself and to calibrate your behavior accordingly.
Avoid Negative Individuals
Based on the premise that our environment affects us for better or worse, we should stay away from individuals who are overcome with malice, fear, or anger. Negative individuals pollute their feelings and emotions.
If you mean to love yourself by taking care of the emotional component of your wellbeing, then you must make every effort to remove yourself from a situation where there is nothing for you but stress and suffering.
Take Time to Recover
What do you need to do if you are confronted with a situation that threatens to bring out the worst in you? After choosing to step out of an overwhelming situation, the next step is to be more kind to yourself and to take time to recover.
Give yourself time to get well, to be strong, and to feel better. By giving yourself space, you are allowing your emotions to heal naturally.
Learn Emotional First Aid
What will you do if you are suffering right now? How are you reacting? Based on research about the effects of negative emotions such as loneliness, having negative feelings can make us feel isolated and alone. It makes us think of the worst possible outcomes.
Negative emotions create deep psychological wounds that can grow bigger and bigger with time. The effect of negative emotions can be devastating. It can cause a person to have a distorted outlook on any or every situation.
Negative emotions can hold a person back from seeking help, or worse, can impel a person to harm themselves, or even take their own life.
Pay Close Attention to Your Emotional Health
This is the reason why we need to pay attention to our emotional wellbeing. We must learn emotional first aid to help overcome negative thoughts and feelings.
We all need to develop greater self-awareness and become aware of our emotional responses. This will help us to rationalize our feelings carefully before coming up with any conclusions, instead of responding to it unconsciously and irrationally.
Practice These Steps
It would also be beneficial to your emotional growth to identify common thought patterns that lead to your negative thinking or negative emotions.
These are just initial steps you can take, but taking control of yourself and your emotions can help you better deal with the ups and downs that are a part of life.