“When our emotional health is in a bad state, so is our level of self-esteem. We have to slow down and deal with what is troubling us, so that we can enjoy the simple joy of being happy and at peace with ourselves.” Jess C. Scott,
We sometimes think that mental or emotional health are only products of brain chemicals, genetic predisposition or even weak willpower, and sometimes these beliefs keep us from taking necessary steps for maintenance. This is where a “Wellness” lifestyle comes into play.
The concept of wellness goes beyond modern or “New Age” sensibilities. A wellness lifestyle includes a self-defined balance of healthy habits such as adequate sleep and rest, productivity, exercise, participation in personally meaningful activities, nutrition, socialization, and supportive relationships
Cultivating Emotional Health Through A Wellness Lifestyle
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, smile, kind word, listening ear, honest compliment, or small acts of caring; – all of which have the potential to turn a life around. – Leo Buscaglia
No matter how hard life may be, a companion and good ear softens the edge. We can improve mental health by “finding a way to be fully alive in the present and engage with the people around you” (Bessel Van Der Kolk). This quarantine, while daunting, is a great opportunity to strengthen our relationships, cultivate emotional health, and practice a wellness lifestyle.
Wellness Goal: Develop healthy coping skills, improve my emotional health, and build healthy relationships. “It isn’t stress that makes us fall–it’s how we respond to stressful events” Wayde Goodall
Our responses reveal our emotional health or wellbeing. “Emotions propels us into action: positive emotions to appetitive states like food, sex, and negative emotions to defend and protect ourselves (and our offspring)” Bessel Van Der Kolk (Author of The Body Keeps The Score).
- Stress Management – Practice listening to your body to find what helps you cope with stress.
- Meditation – Has many benefits for body, mind and spirit. Schedule time daily.
- Seek Help – Talk to a friend or professional when feeling overwhelmed, anxious or depressed
Thank you for reading and happy Wellness Wednesday. Stay Blessed!