When we think of health, most of us picture the physical (i.e. working out or visits to the doctor). Physical health is extremely important but emotional health also plays a big part in overall wellbeing. Emotional health and wellness is one aspect of mental health. “Studies have shown a connection between regulated mental health and the body’s physical health. A more holistic health approach will consider the state of both your mind and body, often referred to as the mind-body connection.” WebMd
Being emotionally healthy means you are aware of your emotions and have adequate personal reserves and coping mechanisms to withstand the stressors of living life in our culture. Emotionally healthy people will still experience stress, anxiety, anger, and sadness but they know how to manage these feelings. We all experience stress and anxiety in one way or another which makes learning to cope with stressors an extremely important life skill. Stressors that require coping may be short-term like moving or switching jobs. Stressors can also occur that are long-term, such as chronic illness or long-lasting financial struggles or obligations. Maintaining physical and emotional health during stressful periods is key to keeping a positive self-image and feeling your best physically and psychologically. “Research shows a link between an upbeat mental state and physical signs of good health. These include lower blood pressure, reduced risk of heart disease, and healthier weight.”FamilyDoctor.org
Some ways in which you can improve emotional health are:
- Meditation, journaling, and/or listening to music. These coping strategies can help us regulate our emotions by developing tools for present-moment living.
- Exercise. Just 30-minutes of physical activity a day can help ease depression and anxiety.
- Strengthen social connections. Spend time with friends and family either in-person or virtually! Time spent with loved ones can help boost mood and mental health.
- Get enough sleep. Quality sleep is important when it comes to performance, relationships, emotional reactiveness, and building a personal reserve.
- Work with a therapist. Therapists and mental health professionals can help you improve aspects of your emotional health and work with you as you develop the tools you need to get in tune with your emotions.
The bottom line? It is very difficult to have a healthy, fulfilling life if you aren’t feeling well emotionally. Balanced emotional wellness can help you flourish by improving your relationship with others, increasing immunity by reducing stress, and promoting productivity.
Don’t feel like you need to go through this journey alone. Emotional wellness is all about being connected to yourself and those around you. Talk through your feelings with others, whether it be a friend, family member or therapist. Connecting and communicating has proven to increase emotional wellness and help you live a productive and positive life.
Connected Health in Wexford, Pennsylvania is a concierge primary care medicine practice that believes strongly in putting the focus back on the patient. We connect our patients not just with physicians but also with pharmacists, personal trainers, registered nutritionists, emotional wellness therapists, and more. If you would like to learn more about our or want to explore , give us a call at (724) 933-4300. You can also .