What is Emotional Wellness and Why is it Important?

Even at the best of times, we all can use a little help. How you behave when things are good determines how well you will cope when a crisis hits. Developing a strong sense of self-worth is the key to understanding what emotional wellness is.

The 1AND1 Life wellness wheel that can give a simple answer to what is emotional wellness.
The 1AND1 Life Wellness Wheel

Being healthy and happy can be complicated. I use the wellness wheel to simplify my planning and stay organized so I can be sure to put in my best effort where it will give the best results. When my feelings are balanced and I am well motivated, it is a sign that I am emotionally healthy.

Keep reading to find out how emotional wellness can show you the way to health and happiness.

How to Reduce Stress

When I ask people what’s standing in the way of their happiness, stress is almost always near the top of the list. Dealing with daily life can be a real grind, and this can take a toll on your wellbeing. For most people, the workplace is a major source of stress. There are many stress reduction resources available, but it can be hard to know the right way to get started.

How to make stress your friend | Kelly McGonigal – TED

Intimate relationships with family or your life partner are another major source of stress. The way you communicate is the key to resolving stress in a relationship.

When I feel stressed, I focus on helping others because I believe better relationships are our best tool to improve our emotional states. The more you serve others, the easier it is to communicate and work out your problems. Service shows people you care, and in stressful situations, that can make all the difference.

Many people try to avoid stress and would prefer to relax instead, hoping the situation goes away on its own. While it is important to take time off for breaks and vacations, I want to show you a better way.

Stress does not have to be your enemy. I thrive on stress because it makes me feel empowered and capable. I use stress as a source of energy and motivation. When something stressful happens I see it as an opportunity to help others or make the world a better place. It helps me on my road to emotional wellness and has become an amazing source of meaning and happiness. That’s why when a stressful situation pops up in my life, I see it as a call to action and I get moving.

Take a moment and think about how you cope with stress. Do you have any tried and true methods that help you feel better or channel your energies?

5 Easy Hacks to Improve Emotional Wellness

  1. Go to sleep and wake up at consistent times. 
    When you don’t get enough quality sleep, your energy levels and mood will suffer, making it harder for you to get things done and feel good about yourself. Sleeping at the same time helps ensure you get the deep, recuperative sleep that will put you at your best. 
  2. Take time out to exercise, every day if possible.
    When I work out, I find I have more time for everything else. This may sound like a paradox, but it’s not. Regular exercise gives me energy and motivation and is the most important stress reducer in my life. A good workout helps me enjoy my food more. I sleep better and I wake up with a better attitude that gives me a stronger force of will. If you exercise every day, you will see similar results, I guarantee it. 
  3. Plan your meals in advance.
    When I’m hungry and don’t know what to eat, junk food can look very tempting. Emotional eating leads to bad outcomes. You not only gain weight, but you also damage your health, and this can lead to decreased physical activity. All of these things combine to make you feel even worse, which reinforces bad habits. Plan delicious, nutritious meals and you’ll see how good food gives you more power. 
  4. Practice gratitude.
    With all the negativity in the world, it can be really hard to keep a positive mental attitude. But what you practice gets easier over time. We live in an amazing world full of opportunities and breathtaking beauty. I practice gratitude by taking the time to appreciate the beauty in the world and express gratitude for all the blessings I enjoy. The more I practice gratitude, the more I see things worth appreciating. If you want to make the world a better place, practice gratitude, and let people know you appreciate them. 
  5. Meditate.
    Ralph Waldo Emmerson said, “You are what you consistently do.” I know that when I exercise my emotional control, it helps me deal with difficult problems. Meditation with Muse gives me a powerful boost. It helps me get into a deep meditative state quickly and stay there longer. These easy-to-use guided meditations elevate my mood and give me energy and inspiration that has made my life richer, happier, and more productive.

How to Control Emotions

During difficult times it can be hard to stay positive. If you exercise your emotional control on a regular basis, you will build up a skill set that will serve you well when times get hard. Emotional control improves all aspects of your life, so practice makes sense. And when the hard times do come, you will be grateful for your wisdom in developing the practice.  

Some people are constantly looking for new ways to grow and develop new skills. Other people feel like they have achieved everything that is possible in their lives and prefer to coast along with minimum effort. When you have a focus on learning and personal development, you are always looking for a new challenge. This is called a growth mindset, and people who are constantly growing develop a healthy and flexible relationship with their emotions. It makes it easier for them to deal with surprises and disappointments, and they only rarely lose control emotionally. Whatever you focus on in life gets bigger, so if you dedicate yourself to growth and learning emotional control, you’ll be rewarded for your efforts.

Do you like to try new things and have an appetite for adventure? There are supplements that can help you improve your mental health and reach higher goals. Lithium Orotate is a safe and effective supplement that helps protect the brain and nervous system. It also promotes nerve cell growth and expansion. I am always looking for ways to make my body and mind stronger, so I’ve added lithium to my list of supplements.

Learning About Emotional Wellness is the Key to Happiness

I am a social creature, and I love giving back to my community and the people I love. When I have taken care of my own needs, helping others is a form of natural anxiety relief. Voluntarily helping others makes me happier than anything in the world.

Young millennial volunteers picking garbage in park.
Try Something New Today Like Giving Back To Your Community (Image Source: Shutterstock)

I have explored emotional wellness by cultivating a strong positive attitude toward life. There are a lot of people counting on me, so I need to be as strong as possible in body and mind. Being a part of their lives makes me happier and motivates me to work harder in order to build a better future.

We can’t ignore the bad things in life, but we shouldn’t dwell on them too much, either. You can use an emotional wellness checklist to help evaluate where you are at.

My philosophy is to find the things I can change and take action as soon as possible. A friend who is hurting, a broken doorknob, even just picking up litter in the street. No good deed is too small.

What can you do to improve your emotional wellness and make the world a better place? Try something new today and learn more about what emotional wellness is, and how you can be happier.