Taking Care of Your Mental and Emotional Health

1 May 2020

Emotional or mental health usually refers to your overall psychological being. It also includes your ability to manage your emotions and feelings, build relationships, develop the way you look and feel about yourself and most importantly how you can deal with extreme difficulties. Mental health is not just about the absence of mental health issues and problems. Being emotionally and mentally healthy is more than being free of psychological issues, anxiety and depression. The absence of emotional and mental health commonly refers to the presence of excellent characteristics. There are some people who don’t have negative emotions and feelings however they still need to do things that will make them feel good and positive to help them get a hold on their emotional and mental health. Individuals who are emotionally and mentally healthy have the following

High self esteem and self confidence

They have the ability to maintain and build fulfilling relationships

They have a balance between their play, work, activity, rest and a lot more

They have the flexibility to know and learn new things and at the same time they can easily adapt it to change

They have a great sense of purpose and meaning in their relationships and activities

They have the ability to easily and effectively deal with life challenges and stress and bounce back from adversity

They have the ability to have fun and laugh as well as they have zest for living

People who are emotionally and mentally healthy have a great sense of tranquility and contentment.

The positive characteristics of emotional and mental health will allow you to easily participate in all the latest happenings in your life by having strong relationships, meaningful activities and being productive every single day. The effective and positive characteristics of emotional and mental health will greatly help you to quickly cope with life stresses, trials and challenges.

Signs of Having Emotional or Mental Health Problems Not everyone is familiar with the signs of having emotional or mental health issues and problems. , here are just few that present themself:

Inability to execute daily activities and tasks such as getting to school or work and taking care of your family and kids

Thinking of harming other people and yourself

Having persistent memories and thoughts that you can’t easily get out of your mind

Feeling unusually scared, worried, upset, angry, forgetful and confused

Having unexplained pains and aches

Sleeping and eating too little or too much

Tips on how to Get a Hold on Your Emotional and Mental Health

If you are a person who wants to easily get a hold on their emotional and mental health, it is very imperative that you are familiar and aware of some very effective tips. The following are some tips that you can implement into your life, to help better emotional and mental health in these times and in general.

Having enough rest- In order to maintain good emotional and mental health, the first thing that you need to do is to take good care of yourself, - 14 - especially your body. Having enough rest and getting adequate hours of sleep is highly recommended, especially with teenagers. Individuals need 7- 8 hours of sleep every night to function optimally. If you have enough hours of sleep, you can be sure that you are one step closer to becoming emotionally and mentally healthy.

Good nutrition- You need to learn how to have a well balanced diet. A lot of people are unaware of how large of a role nutrition actually plays in our moods and our mental health. It may be difficult for you to follow this diet in the beginning but it will surely pay off in the long run.

Exercise - It is a fact that regular exercise has the ability to help you to easily get rid of stress and at the same time it can lift up your mood. According to studies, exercise is considered to be a powerful antidote for depression, anxiety and stress. You can look for simple ways that you can add exercise into your daily activities such as taking the stairs of your house instead of using the elevator or you can also go on short walks. If you want to experience the amazing benefits of being emotionally and mentally healthy, 30 minutes of daily exercise can be a great help.

Sunlight each day- Sunlight has the ability to lift your mood. The best thing that you can do is to get a small dose of sunlight each day fo around 15-20 mins

Appeal on your senses- Stay energized and calm by simply appealing on your five senses such as taste, smell, touch, sound and sight. You can listen to your favorite music to easily lift up your mood. You can also place a bounce of flowers on your patio where you can smell and see them. You can also massage your feet and hands or you can also sip your favorite warm drink.

Make time for gratitude- The first thing that you can do is to think of all the wondrous things that you are grateful for. You can pray, meditate, enjoy watching the beautiful sunset or spend time paying attention to what is beautiful, positive and good as you continue the rest of the day.

Emotional and mental health continues to shape your life experiences. Early experiences during your childhood are really important. Biological and genetic factors play a significant role in your life however these two factors can also be changed by your life experiences. Research has shown by implementing small changes to your life can help build better emotional and mental health.

Disclaimer: Always seek professional help, if you are experiencing any severe emotional or mental health problems.

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