According to the Surgeon General, emotional and mental wellbeing are essential to a person’s overall health, and is a large determining factor in other health related outcomes (2014). Existing in a positive state of emotional wellbeing allows someone to cope with life’s everyday stressors, work productively, and lead a fulfilling life.
There are several different ways to positively impact emotional wellbeing:
- Manage stress levels: Stress is a normal part of life, however, when stress becomes overwhelming it can have negative impacts on health. Removing detrimental stressors can help individuals have a more positive state of emotional wellbeing.
- Have healthy relationships: Relationships are a fundamental part of the human existence, and have a large impact on emotional wellbeing. Form relationships that are based on trust, open communication, and healthy boundaries. Try and steer clear from relationships with toxic behaviors.
- Physical activity: Being physically active has numerous benefits for all areas of health, and emotional wellbeing is no exception. Exercise releases mood-boosting hormones called endorphins and also helps improve body positivity and satisfaction.
- Be more mindful: Engaging in the practice of mindfulness helps one to stay grounded in the present. It allows individuals to be more in touch with their mind, feelings, and thoughts. To learn more about mindfulness practices, visit the CALM workshop website.