People who have good emotional health are aware of, and can cope with, their own thoughts and feelings. They may feel good about themselves on both the outside and inside. You know those happy, glowing people? They have managed to balance their emotions and take good care of their mind and body connection.
However sometimes, something may happen in your life can disrupt your emotional health which can lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress or anxiety. These can be events such as losing your job or financial struggles, but can also be events that we’d typically see as ‘positive’, for example, getting married or getting a promotion. Stress is stress, wherever it’s coming from.
You may not realise, but your body responds physically to the way you think, feel, and act. For example, you might develop high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer after a particularly stressful event or have increased anxiety around your wedding day.
This manifests itself in me on my skin. Through stressful or particularly anxious periods of my life, I will either start breaking out into pimples, or I will develop patches of eczema (or both!). This can be very annoying, but actually very helpful as my body is clearly giving me a message to resolve a problem before it gets worse.
So, how can we improve our emotional health, along with our bodies?
Keep Everything Balanced
There are many ways that you can improve your mind and body connection. First, try to recognise your emotions for what they are and why you are feeling that way. Finding the cause can help you to manage. Don’t keep it inside; this can make you feel worse. It’s okay to let your loved ones know when something is bothering you.
Focus on The Positive
Take a look at the things that you are grateful for in your life. Try not to obsess about the problems at work, school, or home that lead to negative feelings. This doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious, or upset. It’s important to deal with these negative feelings, but try to focus on the positive things in your life, too. Although it makes sense to work through a problem, make sure you have time to enjoy your life, too.
Be Strong and Calm
Relaxation methods, such as meditation, listening to music, working out or practising yoga are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. If you can’t get to a class, there are plenty of free videos on YouTube to choose from. It’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep, and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Avoid drinking too much alcohol to cope with the issues in your life. It may seem like a good idea, but long-term it will cause more issues.
Using these mind and body connection approaches can help you regain control of your emotional health and in turn, will help your body to support you in health and growth. Remember what I always say: take care of you!