What is Emotional Health?
Optimal state of emotional well-being is essential to achieving overall wellness. Emotional health in this context includes one’s ability to appropriately express their emotions, their ability to learn, and their ability to have meaningful social interactions and connections. Maintaining these aspects of emotional health can at times be difficult for all of us especially for university students in particular because of the many adjustments they make while attending university and the high levels of stress many face during the semester, I will address this in a later chapter.
Emotion is an essential aspect of interpersonal communication. The capacity to feel is what makes us human, and what connects us to one another. Emotional intelligence is what helps us to achieve our potential, and to fulfill our hearts’ ambitions. So, the more we develop and refine our emotional intelligence the more we can enjoy fulfilling relationships, realize our deepest longings, manage life’s conflicts with grace, and create fair, peaceful and sustainable societies.
Many of the experiences we have in childhood leave a lasting emotional impression, even if we don’t consciously recall them. Our emotional health during childhood years has a profound influence on how we relate to each other as adults.
The good news is there is a lot we can do to develop our emotional health as adults. Counseling or psychotherapy can do much to help us develop our emotional health. Conflicts and difficulties can be turned into opportunities for learning, healing, growth and development. Nurturing our emotional health can transform our relationships from unhealthy toxic ones too healthy and fulfilling ones, and in fact, it can change the world.
Since our childhood experiences so strongly influence our emotional health, the way we raise our children is of profound consequence. Which is why you can learn about nurturing your child’s emotional health, and understand how your own childhood experiences have influenced your emotional make-up as an adult by reading or getting professional assistance.
Listed below are steps to help you booster your emotional health that were developed by Sylvia Davis of The WebMD Weight Loss Clinic.
Ways To Boost Your Emotional Health
• Collect Friends
• Enjoy Solitude
• Get Fit
• Seek Pleasure
• Find a Passion
• Plan for Problems
• Seek Constructive Criticism
• Take Healthy Risks
• Manage Success Well
• Don’t Go It Alone
• Write It Down
• Protect yourself from ‘Energy Vampires’
Emotional health includes keeping in touch with your feelings. Sometimes girls get out of touch with their feelings and think that their feelings don’t count. Some feelings are painful and really hard to deal with. Strong emotions are a signal that something in your life needs attention. The trick is figuring out what needs attention and what kind of attention it needs and providing the necessary attention to resolve the issue.