When we talk about emotional health, the human mind is not different from its body, whenever the mind is in a state of ill health, the body is also affected making one’s spirit flag. Many physical illnesses can be traced to one’s state of mind. Our health is also affected when we are stressed, depressed, anxious or grief-stricken. Good emotional health is not just a absence of emotional health problem. It is the following. a) A sense of well being and contentment. b) A zest for living: The ability to enjoy life, to laugh and have fun. c) Resilience: Being able to deal with life’s stresses and bounce back from adversity. d) A sense of balance in one’s life work and play, rest and exercise, sleep and wakefulness, solitude, and sociability. e) A sense of well-roundness, spiritual life, creativity and intellectual development. f) The ability to care for oneself and for others. g) Flexibility: Ability to adapt to change, and ups and downs of life. h) Self-confidence and good self-esteem.
Emotional health can be a short term reaction to stress(such as a loss, painful event, illness, medication etc) environments that are chaotic, unsafe or dangerous (being homeless); experience that undermine self-confidence(such as social or work related failures) traumas or serious losses early in life, lack of social support (death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job), a feeling of helplessness and negative thought pattern. Alcohol and some drugs are also known to have some depressive effects. People with close family members who suffer from depression are more prone to depression.
Things You Can Do To Improve Your Emotional Health
1) Get enough rest: The body needs rest otherwise it will malfunction.
2) Eat balance diet: The quality of food we eat matters a lot. A malnourished body can’t make maximum use of its mind.
3) Avoid Caffeine, much alcohol, tobacco or other drugs. 4) Engage in exercise or physical activities.
5) Do something that is relaxing for you.
6) Attend to your spiritual needs by meditating, praying or appreciating the beauty of life.
7) Make a list of what is troubling you, then fold it and put it away for the rest of the day.
8) Prioritize your challenges and deal with them either from the most stressful to the easiest, but face it headlong.
9) Spend ample time with people whose company you enjoy, generally, those who have an upbeat and positive attitude.
If you find out that you are still feeling depressed or anxious to the extent that these feelings are interfering with your work or personal life, consult a mental health specialist for help.