What to do to foster your own emotional wellness?

The term “emotional wellness” refers to being able to effectively deal with challenges and changes as well as the awareness, comprehension, and acceptance of one’s feelings.

Referring to Dr Mark Lerner from the National Center for Emotional Wellness, here are 10 things you can do to foster your own emotional wellness:

1.    Become aware of your feelings and try to label them (e.g., “I’m feeling nervous.”

      “I’m feeling sad.” “I’m feeling frustrated.” etc.).

2.  Try to identify your thoughts and how they are precipitating, or being influenced by,   a feeling (e.g., “I’ve been thinking about how I responded to her and I’m feeling angry.”).              

3.  Learn to accept that feelings are not right or wrongthey just are.

4.  Slow down and think before you act; make goal-directed choices.

5.  Realize that you have the ability to choose your focus—what you think about.

6.  If you find yourself thinking repetitively about something that is causing you                                   emotional discomfort, identify the thought and try to dismiss it (e.g., “Stop it. This is not              productive.”).

7.  Know that it’s OK not to be OK during challenges and change. Allow yourself to                             experience normal reactions in the face of an abnormal event.

8.  If you are grappling with uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, distract yourself and                    change what you are doing (e.g., Take a walk. Exercise. Listen to music. Speak with a                      friend or loved one. etc.).

9.  Speak with people with whom you can share your thoughts and feelings—people                          who listen more than they speak. Rely on interpersonal face-to-face communication.

10.  Strive to become the person that you would ideally like to be. While this may be a                        hypothetical construct, something that can’t be directly observed and subject to                            influence by the world around you, choose your “bullseye.”

Finally, how you feel can have an impact on your capacity for performing daily tasks, your relationships, and your general mental health. Your response to your feelings and experiences may change over time. You can develop a good emotional wellness by learning ways of coping and resource-using skills.

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