Since a healthy mind is the key to a healthy body, it is vital to pay as much attention to your emotional well being on a day-to-day basis, as it is keeping yourself hydrated or your teeth brushed every morning.
In “The Connection between Emotional Health and Overall Health: An Overview”, we were introduced—or perhaps reintroduced—to the concept that whatever affects our minds can have a detrimental affect on our bodies over time. In “Balance Crucial to Emotional and Physical Health”, we examined the science behind this connection and how stress levels, and the corresponding effects on the body can be measured and monitored, and how important it is to maintain good emotional health habits all the time.
In this article, we will provide you a simple, step-by-step emotional health plan that will help keep you mentally and physically healthy.
The 5-Piece Emotional Health Puzzle
Sabitri Ghosh’s article “The Emotional Piece of the Health Puzzle” on www.alive.com asserts that there are five key components to emotional health:
1) “Being aware of your emotions. Emotionally healthy people are in touch with their emotions and can identify and acknowledge them as experience.
2) Being able to process your emotions. After connecting with their emotions, emotionally healthy people develop appropriate ways of expressing them.
3) Being sensitive to other people and their emotions and having the ability to empathize. The ability to identify their own emotions enables emotionally healthy people to identify emotions in others and to have an intuitive sense of what it feels like to experience them.
4) Being self-empowered. Emotionally healthy people honor their emotions, which empowers them to fulfill their goals.
5) Being in healthy relationships. Using their emotional intelligence and empathy, emotionally healthy people build and maintain strong functioning relationships.”
Emotionally healthy people have:
- “a sense of contentment
- a zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun
- the ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity