Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves paying attention to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, both positive and negative, and understanding how to process them. Emotional Wellness includes the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, having an optimistic approach to life, and enjoying life despite its occasional frustrations and regrets.
Emotional wellness inspires self-care, relaxation, stress reduction and the development of inner strength. Emotional wellness also embraces the ability to learn and grow from experiences. Emotional well-being encourages autonomy and positive decision making. It is an important part of overall wellness. Here are just a few ways you can enhance your emotional well-being.
Be here, now: Spending more time in the present moment—not the past and not the future.
Inside-out world view: Understanding that our experience of life comes largely from within us—not from the external circumstances.
Personal accountability: Taking more responsibility for our feelings, thoughts and reactions to life’s experiences.
Internal balance: Organizing our lives as much as possible in ways that allow us to balance work, rest, play, healthy social relationships and other things that foster renewal for ourselves.
Respect new thinking: Staying open to new ideas, thoughts and possibilities and not being afraid of what a new insight might bring.
Appreciation of differences: Embracing and appreciating aspects of our own and others’ differences.
Respect for the unknown: Letting go of the need to control and to know everything we think we need to know about a situation.