A positive sense of emotional well being enables an individual to be able to function positively in society and meet the demands of everyday life. People in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune. Everyday emotional well-being also involves identifying, building upon, and operating from your strengths rather than focusing on fixing problems or weaknesses. The better you are able to master your emotions, the greater your capacity to enjoy life, cope with stress, and focus on important personal priorities.
When you want to work toward better emotional health, a good place to start is with your own talents. If you can identify what you are good at, and then work to improve your skills in that area, you can really build some self-confidence and improve your emotional well being.
Another really simple thing to do is get adequate rest and eat a healthy diet. Being tired or hungry can dampen anyone’s spirit really quickly. Once we are in a bad mood, our sense of self worth can decline. It’s important to keep our bodies healthy in order to keep our minds healthy- and vice versa.
Here are a few other things you can do:
- Get some sun whenever you can
- Do something good for someone else
- Learn about stress management techniques
- Take 3 deep breaths when you feel overwhelmed
- Exercise- doesn’t have to be stringent, regimented or formal. Just move!
- Take breaks. If you can’t afford a vacation this year, at least take some time off for yourself. You don’t have to fly somewhere, just relax at home doing things you enjoy.
- Appreciate the world around you. Try to notice the beauty in your surroundings. Enjoy the simpleness of a birds’ song or a gentle breeze.
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