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What Does It Mean to be Emotionally Healthy

What is good emotional health?
What exactly does it meant to be emotional "healthy"? Does it mean a "happy" carefree life? In reality life is not meant to be happy and carefree as it offers people challenges and opportunities to grow in who they are as individuals. The deciding factor in determining if someone is emotionally healthy is how one decides to "mentally handle" the situations and circumstances "dealt" to them. Simply said……People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. This sense of "control" allows them to feel good about themselves and have good relationships. Bottomline…. they can keep problems in perspective.

One can have an emotional problem, mental illness or physical illness and still be emotionally healthy. People who have good emotional health can cope with problems with family, work or school. They have learned how to deal with their anger, worries and stress. They know when they need to seek help from their doctor or a counselor.

How does anger effect my emotional health?
Anger can "get in the way" of an individual's emotional health. When things aren't kept in perspective small things can trigger explosive behavior. Not all people are aware of what causes their anger, how much anger they are holding inside or how to express anger. Anger can "build" as many little things make you feel that life is unfair and this can result in feeling "angry".

Anger can have a lot of health consequences. It can create one to cope in unhealthy ways by drinking too much, smoking, or overeating. It can also impact your health by creating stress on your heart. Recognizing you need help with your anger is the first step. Finding someone to help you learn how to deal with your anger is the next.
Where do I start to become emotionally healthy?

First, notice your emotions and reactions and try to understand them. Learning how to sort out the causes of sadness, frustration and anger in your life can help you better manage your emotional health.

Does stress effect my emotional health?
Your body responds to stress by making stress hormones. These hormones help your body respond to situations of extreme need. But when your body makes too many of these hormones for a long period of time, the hormones wear down your body -- and your emotions. People who are under stress a lot are often emotional, anxious, irritable and even depressed.

If possible, try to change the situation that is causing your stress. Relaxation methods, such as deep breathing and meditation, and exercise are also useful ways to cope with stress.

Tips to dealing with your emotions

  • Learn to express your emotions appropriately.
  • Think before you act - you cannot control the thoughts and feelings that enter your mind; however, you can control what you do with these and the behaviors you choose.
  • Take care of yourself physically - Get enough sleep, eat healthy foods and excerise to relieve tension.
  • Take time to enjoy life - "stop and smell the roses" is a cliché we all know … yet we don't practice. Learning to appreciate --- helps you embrace the daily gift of life.