Emotional Health, It’s time! A Must To Achieve Progress
By Quincy Martel, MA, Life Coach
Emotional health, much like physical health and wellness requires work, discipline, and practice. Just imagine if someone didn’t take care of their personal grooming such as brushing hair or teeth and not showering…we’d be quick to take notice at an unkempt appearance. We may even confront the person, and or attempt to help them. We recognize whether an individual takes care of their body, by looking at their shape and size. The physical is something that is outward and can be visually or apparent to the other senses. On the other hand, emotional health is not visible even though it may become apparent over time. Emotional health is often times neglected and many don’t pay attention to it. In order to have a better quality of life, mind and body, it’s important to work on emotional health in conjunction with physical health. Here are some tools to help work out the limbic system and develop and improve the emotional wellness.
It’ important to protect and develop emotional and self-care by working on self- esteem. Words have power and negative words may be weapons. Self-esteem is affected by how we value and talk to ourselves (internal dialogue) and people whom we surround ourselves…there’s and old saying misery love’s company. In the emotional world negativity attracts and feeds off negativity. It’s important to curb and catch self-criticism and negative self-talk.
The internal thought process and dialogue greatly affects the limbic system in the brain. Beliefs are based in thoughts. It’s important to choose those thoughts wisely and keep them in check. Negative self- thoughts beget negative self -beliefs that may affect self-esteem and self worth. Practice positive self-talk, affirmations, and surrounding yourself with positive supportive people. Just say “No.” Most people who are emotionally taxed do not know how to enforce boundaries within relationships. It’s ok to say “no” and enforce healthy boundaries with family, friends or coworkers. It may take practice, but setting healthy boundaries will reduce stress, and resentment. Journal. Active writing goal setting and journaling has emotional therapeutic value. Thoughts become reality when pen meets paper.
Find peace. Peace takes work…seems odd but true. Peace takes an emotional discipline that will help the individual detoxify from failure, resentment, rejection, hurt, pain. Letting go of emotional turmoil takes work, but hanging onto it is much harder and usually negatively impacts the individual’s behaviors and physical well-being. Letting go and finding peace is a discipline requires and individual to look at variables the may be able to control, and wisdom to discern the variables they cannot control. Attempting to control things we cannot control like being stuck in traffic threatens the emotional health of an individual…stress.
Stretch more stress less. Stress unless there is a bear in the woods…does the body harm. Keep your emotional heath in check by staving off stress by meditation, yoga, breath work and prayer life.
Find meaning and purpose in life. Emotional health and wellness is tied into purpose and meaning. A great man once told me the best way to help yourself is to help another.
There is no time like the now to take care of yourself by taking care of your emotional health.
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