What is emotional wellbeing?
People that are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and consequential actions. It doesn’t mean they never get upset, or get angry; it just means that when these feelings do come along, they know how to deal with them and control their emotions accordingly. It’s natural to feel negative and positive emotions, and one without the other would be unhealthy, it’s all about moderation.
If you feel emotionally unwell, are struggling to cope with overpowering emotions, good or bad and you feel they affect your ability to live a normal, healthy lifestyle then see a doctor. At Scentered we aren’t trained doctors, therefore we cannot give medical advice. Please seek help from a professional.
This blog post is based on lifestyle changes and practises we believe are good for your emotional health and includes 5 ways to become happier and healthier this Spring.
Focus on the good
2020 has shown no immunity to fake news and twisted headlines, even with the start of a new decade we are still inundated with false media accusations about the world we live in. This type of information consumption can become unhealthy, and is designed to fearmonger and lead you into obsession. Especially during a global pandemic it’s hard to find the right information sources that are trustworthy and reputable.
If you can help it, try to avoid tabloid stories around the Coronavirus and focus on the positive information instead. This doesn’t mean to say you should become ignorant to what is going on in the world, just be mindful of a potential negative information overload. You can still keep up to date with necessary outbreak information without confusing too many of the horror stories that come with it. Focussing on the good will lift your mood and help you set boundaries for how much information you personally can take.
Staying on top of hygiene
More relevant now than ever is washing your hands and keeping clean; which are paramount to a healthy lifestyle. There’s an ancient ayurvedic saying that goes along the lines of ‘if you have a healthy body, you will have a healthy mind, and vice versa.’ The two work together to give you the ability to move, speak, think and feel, so it makes sense that you should exercise both. Showering daily can give you a calmer more grounded feeling, especially if you start your day this way.
Be aware of your emotions
It is inevitable that you will feel a mix of positive and negative emotions throughout your life time and in times of crisis you will feel more negative, and in times of well-being you will feel more positive. This is completely natural and you shouldn’t suppress any type of emotion. Ride them out, it's okay to be angry or sad or stressed; as long as you don’t dwell on these emotions and allow yourself to move on to the next feeling that strikes you. If you are aware of your emotions you will have better control over them and will be able to move past difficult emotions easier.
Strike a balance of time for yourself and connecting with others
Life is a balance of give and take. We have friends, family and loved ones that we give our time and energy to, and in return we take back their energy. A healthy balance also includes time for yourself in this eclectic mix too. It’s necessary to take a step back and be with yourself to better understand your thoughts and feelings of the day. Equally as important is spending time with people that will uplift us and bring us joy. This positive energy from others is hard to come by if you’re self isolating during the Coronavirus outbreak. But you can still feel the connection through a call or Facetime session.
Be kind to your body
As we mentioned earlier, your mind and body are more intune to one another than you think. To live a healthy lifestyle physically will help your mental state too. Easy ways to workout include, yoga, meditation or daily walk outside in the fresh open air. Eating healthy and giving your body what it needs to work properly can also help your mental state. You can’t expect your brain to function properly without fueling your body first. Sleep is also a key ingredient to a healthy mind and body. The recommended sleep time for an adult is 8 hours, however this varies from person to person, and creating a sleep pattern that works for you is the healthiest option, rather than working to a strict 8 hour rule. Sleeping gives your body the time it needs to repair cells, grow and develop; mentally and physically.