Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness is often realized through awareness, understanding, and acceptance of one’s feelings. It includes the ability to manage stress and adapt to life changes, which may also be associated with a more positive emotional experience.

Emotional Wellness Tips

  • Invest time in managing your physical and psychological wellness and the wellness of those around you
  • Engage in value-consistent behaviors:
    • When you do what you value, and not just what you feel in the moment, you will lead a life of meaning and feel proud of your decisions.
  • Emotionally healthy individuals find ways to accept rather than avoid difficult but constructive thoughts and emotions
  • Be compassionate with yourself and others:
    • Give grace where you can, and take some for yourself, too. Remember, everyone is fighting a battle of some kind, whether it’s obvious or not.
  • Develop a daily gratitude practice:
    • Emotionally healthy people often feel gratitude and are appreciative of aspects of their lives. Try to develop a daily habit of finding at least one thing you are grateful for.
  • Connect with others:
    • Human beings are inherently social creatures, though not everyone seeks or craves contact at the same level. Make sure that you find ways to connect with others and be willing to seek help if you have challenges in connecting.
  • Practice acceptance:
    • Sometimes life is just difficult in ways that we can’t change. That doesn’t mean we can’t handle it, though it might mean we don’t want to. It’s often more helpful to look at the reality of difficult situations in their entirety: the parts we can’t control and the parts we can. Then we can work on controlling the controllable parts and accepting (rather than avoiding) the other parts without wasting our energy on them.
  • Identify maladaptive thinking:
    • Sometimes we can be our own biggest critics or worst enemies in our own heads. Just because you think something doesn’t mean it’s true. In fact, the words in our heads are often reflections of our emotional states and not necessarily reflective of the reality of situations.
      • When you’re feeling upset, try to ask yourself: “Are the things I’m telling myself actually facts?” “Do I have evidence for this?” “Is it likely based on past experience?”
  • Make time for physical and emotional wellness:
    • When you’re busy, and we know you are, it may feel like taking time out for yourself is wasting time. Nothing could be further from the truth. Time spent on your physical and emotional well-being is time wisely spent!

Emotional Wellness Resources