Striving for emotional health
Mojabeng Dorcas Senekal
THE World Health Organization defines health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
The enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, and political belief, economic or social condition. We therefore owe to ourselves the responsibility to be healthy. Emotional health is an important part of our overall health. It is almost impossible to go through our daily routines when we are emotionally unstable right? Well, being emotionally healthy does not necessarily mean you are always happy, it just means that you are aware of your emotions and you can deal with them whether positive or negative. Emotionally healthy people are those who know when a situation is too much for them to handle, and then seek help; they are those who like any other human being feel stress, sadness and anger but can manage them along with any other negative feelings. Here are some steps to improving or maintaining good emotional health:
- Find balance – strive to find balance between all the aspects of your life, work, home and relationships. Make time to have fun, to actually enjoy the things you are doing.
- Be aware of your emotions- know what makes you happy, what makes you sad, what makes you angry and learn how to distance yourself from the negatives and cling onto the positives
- Listen to music- choose to listen to uplifting music, upbeat and praise music will always give you the boost that you need to take on your life like the boss that you are, avoid sad or very depressing music, it will torment your spirit and trust me you might never leave the couch for the whole week
- Express your feelings in the appropriate way- do not ever let feelings of anger and sadness take over you, share them with friends or family if you have to, just do not bottle them up because as much as we’d like to believe we are strong, we all have a saturation point so be careful not to reach it because things might ugly
- Think before you act- the worst of decisions are made when intoxicated and when angry, do not act when you are angry, it is a trap that our minds set for us. No matter how burning the issue seems to be, wait till you are calm to react
- Manage stress- never try to find comfort in unbearable situations because you owe it to yourself to stay wining, to stay sane and to be happy. Learn relaxation methods so you are able to deal with stress, meditate every once in a while. Do you know how powerful deep breathing can be?
With good emotional health you can work productively, become resourceful and most of all you can always bounce back from setbacks. Always focus on the good things in life, dwell in them, and use them to motivate your way out of hardships. Hydrate, laugh, exercise and be happy.