Emotional Well-being

April 27, 2016

By Jason Horay, MS, ATC, CHES

Emotional well-being is the ability to understand ourselves and cope with the challenges life can bring. The ability to acknowledge and share feelings of anger, fear, sadness, or stress/hope, love, joy, or happiness in a productive manner contributes to our emotional well-being.

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.  My wife gave me an incredible gift this Christmas that has allowed me to become more aligned with my feelings and cope with personal challenges.  The Start Where You Are: A Journal for Self-Exploration has helped me navigate the confusion and chaos of daily life by reminding me that by knowing ourselves and our dreams, we can appreciate the world around us and take the appropriate steps to achieve our dreams.  Continuing to work on my own emotional well-being has helped me become more aware and accepting of my own feelings, rather than denying them.  It has also allowed me to take a more optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.

Below are some additional examples of how to enhance your emotional well-being throughout the day:

At Work

  • Participate in mindful meditation and deep breathing
  • Seek out your employer’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Invite a co-worker to lunch
  • Enroll in a stress management course

In the Community

  • Connect with nature
  • Download a stress management/resilience app to your mobile device
  • Participate in a yoga or fitness class

With your Family

  • Use journaling as a method of reflection
  • Enroll in relationship counseling
  • Sing or practice music therapy
  • Read
  • Light candles contributing to a peaceful environment

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