In our latest blog series, we are looking at the eight pillars of wellness and considering how each, when maintained and supported, can allow us to become the healthiest version of ourselves.
In our third blog article, we look at the pillar of emotional wellness.
What is emotional wellness?
Emotional wellness is our ability to recognise and communicate our feelings with others, so we can deal with life’s challenges.
In day-to-day life, this is characterised by being able to speak with someone about your emotional concerns and sharing honestly how you feel, and feeling that you have a strong support network to care for you. It also includes being able to say “no” guilt-free when you need to.
Having strong emotional wellness also means feeling content the majority of the time and having a positive outlook free from worry.
There is a wide net of factors contributing to emotional wellbeing, including genetics, resiliency, diet and exercise, relationships and relationship skills, general health, life experiences, meaning and purpose, plus more.
Why is emotional wellness important to overall wellbeing?
By being able to better understand, process, and manage the multitude of feelings we all experience during the ups and downs of life, the smoother the ride will be. How you feel can affect your ability to carry out everyday tasks, your relationships, and your overall mental health.
Developing an awareness of your feelings, building resiliency, effectively coping with stress, and practicing self-care, will all help to create a sense of a more balanced mental state that will have a positive impact on your overall wellbeing.
How can I assess my emotional wellness?
Below are some questions to think about when assessing your emotional wellness.
- Are you hopeful for the future?
- Do you see stress as something you can learn from, or something to avoid?
- Do you fully understand the ways your past may be impacting your life today?
- Do you give yourself space to experience emotions, just as they are? Are you aware of your feelings?
- Are you able to meet daily life with a positive attitude? How do you care for yourself each day?
- Do you have empathy and concern for others? Are you aware of others’ feelings?
- Do you feel that you can ask for help?
How can you achieve emotional wellness?
Here are 5 top tips to help kickstart your journey into boosting your emotional wellbeing:
- Start a journal to help you understand and work through your feelings, especially if you’re not comfortable sharing them out loud. It can be a good way to measure your progress or growth and reminder you of past obstacles you have overcome.
- Make a list of those who support you and how best to contact them. It can be hard asking for help during difficult times. Having this list close at hand may make it easier to reach out.
- Source a therapist or counsellor. A third party’s insight can be what’s needed to help you navigate difficult issues or life events.
- Learn healthy ways to cope with stress. Exercising for 30 minutes a day can boost mood and reduce stress, as can setting and sticking to priorities (and saying no to new tasks that can tip you into overload), and practicing mindfulness.
- Regularly get a good night’s sleep. Sleep helps you think more clearly and focus better. Going to bed and waking up at the same time, sleeping in a dark, comfortable environment, and limiting the use of electronics before bed can all help to increase the quality of your sleep.
It should be noted that the path to wellness is not one size fits all, but the common thread for everyone is that wellness requires a holistic approach. The eight pillars are not prescriptive but should help form the basis of a personalised journey.
While there are many ways for you to take charge of your emotional wellness, the help, guidance, and experience of a wellness professional can give you the boost you need, when you need it most.
If you would like to develop your emotional wellness but don’t know where to start, please use the Wellness Wide directory here to find a professional today.