Our physical health is crucially important and so is our emotional health. Sadly many times we’re trying to stay in tip- top shape physically, but we forget being healthy on the inside is just as important. Sometimes we just feel down and that can be caused from many things, but it’s important not to stay down longer than necessary as being in a bad place emotionally can also cause physical sickness.
Just like being in shape physically is important, being in great shape emotionally is important as well. If you’re not in great shape emotionally, you can suffer just as many health problems, including high blood pressure, chest pain, ulcers and several physical symptoms. Feeling good about yourself gives you more confidence to stay strong amid the tribulations and challenges of life. You won’t be on the verge of a mental break down or crumbling in case something traumatic happens to you.
Here are five tips to help boost your emotional health:
1. Expand Your Support System
One cannot overestimate the power of a good support system in life and that means the presence of genuine friends and family. Having a solid support group means they’ll be people always willing to discuss your problems, to listen to you, share your troubles and uplift you during trials of life.
They’re the ones who build you up when life’s calamities rock your world and they are there to keep you from falling apart. By making good friends and strengthening your bond with certain family members, you rest assured in the confidence that someone always has your back when needed.
2. Practice Gratitude Always
Sometimes when things don’t go right, remembering the things we are thankful for can help, even if it’s just the little things like a bed to sleep in. Even more important is being grateful when times are tough because when we focus on the good things, that doesn’t leave room to drown our sorrows. An exercise that helps practice gratitude is writing about at least three things you are grateful for in a daily journal.
Even when you’re facing hardships in life, do not let your grateful heart and spirit waver. When you have a positive attitude in life no matter what, you attract positive things.
3. Never Stop Learning
Never leave your mind stagnant. Always learn and continue seeking knowledge, for knowledge is power. A knowledgeable person will never lack usefulness, wisdom, emotional balance and peace. The more you learn, the more you know and the lesser your fear is of what might happen. Plus, when you’re always learning, you never get bored.
4. Connect with Others
Go out and socialize as much as you can. We humans were born to be social creatures and our emotions and spirits thrive in company. Build a good rapport with your neighbors, community members, work circle, Church members etc.
When you have different types of connections, you interact in a million ways and expand your horizons beyond cultures, cast, religions and ethnicity. This does wonders for mind, heart and soul.
There is never an age limit for indulgence in things that bring joy. We do not mean the kind of indulgence that is harmful for your body and mind, but the sort of indulgence that would revitalize your spirit and energy. Try engaging in dancing classes, music groups, painting, baking communities or whatever makes you feel young, happy and energetic always.
Doing things you love is like therapy for the mind and heart. It keeps you lighthearted, purposeful and occupied in the healthiest way possible.
6. Find a Coping Mechanism
A coping mechanism is having a method that helps us deal better with stressful situations. It could be anything, such as writing to vent out fears and emotions, cooking, meditating, praying, talking to a friend etc.
Developing a coping mechanism arms you with a weapon to help face problems and not lose your head or courage, take an action and solve a problem.
Stay strong out there. Keep doing your physical exercises and mental exercises on a daily basis, rain or shine. Stay as healthy for as long as possible, because health is our greatest asset. Once that’s gone, there isn’t much left.
Stay well my friends, until next time.