Those individuals who are healthy emotionally tend to have pretty a deeper understanding and perception of their behaviors, feelings, and thoughts.
More surprising is the fact that they know healthy ways of coping with day-to-day problems and stress that are part of life. Overall, they have a better self-esteem and tend to have healthy relationships.
Nevertheless, some life encounters have a significant impact on our emotional health. These encounters can cause anxiety, stress, and feelings of sadness.
Surprisingly, some of them are good as well as bad. They include:
- Being promoted at the workplace
- Suffering from an illness or having an injury
- Losing a loved one or somebody close
- Going through financial difficulties
- Moving into a newly built home
- Losing your job
- Getting married or being divorced
- Disappearance or return of a child
- Having a baby
The Relationship between Your Health and Your Emotions
There is a direct bearing on the way your body responds and the way you feel, think and act. This is simply one of the many types of “mind/body connection” that exists.
Whenever one gets angry, anxious or gets stressed, the body behaves or reacts in a manner that shows all is not well. For instance, people develop stomach ulcer or high blood pressure after going through long-term stress, such as in the event of losing a loved one.
Below are some of the physical signs related to poor emotional health:
- Weakened Immunity – Poor emotional health lowers body’s level of immunity increasing your chances of suffering from colds among other infections. On the other hand, you cannot take good care of your health when you are upset, anxious or stressed. It is almost impossible to workout, take meds or even eat nutritious foods when feeling unwell.
- Drug abuse such as tobacco, alcohol and more.
- Back pain
- Chest pain
- High blood pressure
- Shortness of breath
- Stiff neck
- Sexual problems
- General body aches and pains
- Gain or loss of weight
Should Your Doctor Know Your Feelings? Find Out Why
Most people do not talk to their doctors and let them know about their true feelings or problems.
However, don’t forget that the physician is not some magician who can tell when you are upset, anxious or feel stressed. Neither can he or she know about your personal life by only looking at you. Therefore, opening up and being honest are some of the necessary things.
The primary reason for being honest with your doctor is to enable him, or she determine whether you could be suffering from other health problems that could potentially cause physical symptoms.
Once it is clear that you don’t have other such symptoms, the doctor can now focus on your emotional health. Your doctor will advise you on the best way of handling the physical symptoms while both of you work together to deal with your emotional health.
If you continue having negative feelings for a long time and thus unable to enjoy life, it is highly advisable to discuss the matter with your doctor. That condition is what doctors refer to as “Major Depression.”
It is a medical condition that can be treated through administration of proper medicine, individualized counseling or a combination of both.
How Can One Improve His/Her Emotional Health?
The first basic step is to recognize and accept your emotions. Why do you have them? Finding out the cause of your stress, anxiety or sadness could be the way out to finding the solution to your emotional health problems.
Here are some useful tips you can utilize:
Let Out Your Emotions/Feelings Or Rather Express Them Appropriately
If you are suffering physical symptoms as a result of stress, sadness or anxiety, let them out. Do not die with them alone.
There is no problem if you let your friends, family, and other loved ones know about the things that could be a bother to you. However, be aware that family members and friends may not be of much help.
If this is the case, consider seeking advice and support from someone outside the family. For example, you can reach out to your family doctor, religious adviser or a counselor. By taking this bold step, your emotional health will improve drastically.
Live A Balanced life
Avoid home, work or school problems that may make you develop negative feelings. This, however, does not mean you won’t be realistic with yourself.
Don’t pretend to be normal when perhaps, you are upset or stressed. Deal with feelings in the appropriate way by focusing more on the positives.
Alternatively, you could consider preparing a journal and noting down a few things that make you happy. Research has proven that a positive outlook significantly improves the quality of life and boosts health as well.
Additionally, you may have to consider looking into ways to which you can let go the things or memories that lead to stress or you being overwhelmed. Set apart some time for the things you enjoy in life.
If you develop resilience, it will be much easier to cope with stress. There are different strategies you can use to promote resilience.
Some of them include:
Having a positive view of yourself
Having things in the right perspective
Having social support
On the other hand, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) could be of great help. Talk to your doctor on this and see if it is possible to use CBT to achieve your health goals.
- Try to calm your mind and body – Do whatever it takes to stay calm and relaxed. You could try out Yoga, listen to cool music, listen to guided imagery CD’s, meditate or try out Tai Chai to balance your emotions.
Talk to your doctor to learn more about relaxation meditation. It is a type of guided thoughts that takes many forms. You could do it by exercising, taking deep breaths or stretching.
- Take care – Do not forget that there is a “You” that deserves special care. Take care of your body always.
Always have healthy meals, exercise to get rid of pent-up tension, get adequate sleep, and avoid alcohols and other drugs. Drugs may lead to the health and family problems.