Self-care is one of the most important things that we need to incorporate into our everyday lifestyle yet it is often the most overlooked, especially when it comes to our emotional health. People who are emotionally healthy are able to handle the stresses of life, manage their emotions, and feel relatively happy no matter what comes their way.
Do you often find yourself feeling stressed, blue, and unable to cope, no matter what situation you are in? If so, this is a good indication that you need to take better care of your emotional health. Here are some ways that you can do so:
1. Accept and Identify Your Emotions
As humans living in a busy society, we have a tendency to bottle things up. We think, I’ll take care of that later or I don’t have time to deal with this right now. While this may work temporarily, the whirlwind of feelings that you have set to the side will gradually build up until they explode out of you in a horrible display of anger or sadness.
Rather than hiding your emotions, feel them wholly and identify them as they come. If you feel sad, allow yourself to feel sad. If you feel angry, allow yourself to feel angry. Working through your emotions as they come is very important to maintaining your overall emotional health.
2. Express Yourself Appropriately
Continuing from the previous point, you will need outlets where you can pour all of these feelings and energy into. For example, if you are feeling angry, a good idea to let that anger out would be too scream into a pillow or write down your anger into a journal. The greatest thing to remember is that your chosen technique isn’t harmful to you or to anyone else. These techniques will help you maneuver through your emotions and back into a feeling of peace.
3. Use Healthy Relaxation Techniques and Coping Mechanisms
You can’t be expected to maintain your emotional health if you’ve never learned how to cope or relax when faced with negative emotions. For those of you who can relate to this, here are some healthy ideas for how you can cope with negative emotions:
Talking with a Friend
Engage in a Hobby That Excites You
Taking a Warm Shower or Bath
Spending Time in Nature
Listening to Music
This is by no means an exhaustive list and there are plenty of amazing ideas that can be found on the internet. If you find that a certain coping mechanism doesn’t work for you, don’t be afraid to use another one. We are all different and the methods that we need to handle our emotions differ as well.
Sometimes we may feel that our emotions are far beyond our control and when this happens, we may find ourselves faced with a mental health disorder. If you are having trouble coping and it is getting in the way of your life or causing you to engage in harmful behaviors, reach out to a mental health professional. These people will provide you with the advice and coping skills necessary to get your emotional health back on track!