When most people hear the word ‘health’, they think of the physical body. Emotional health, however, is just as crucial to care for when it comes to living a full and healthy life. Holistic approaches to health include aligning all aspects of a person: mind, body, and soul. The theory behind this is that when one aspect of a person is out of balance, the whole body’s synergism is thrown off. In order to fully care for your health, you have to devote time to your emotional health, as well as to your physical body.
Self-care seems to be a trendy term lately. The movement to prioritize yourself and practice self-compassion and caring is one that many struggle with. People-pleasers, in particular, have a hard time practising self-care as they often sacrifice themselves in order to please others. Putting yourself first is the only true way to help others as only a complete person can help another.
Find an Emotional Outlet
When it comes to a healthy means of dealing with stress, finding a healthy emotional outlet is essential. Stress is unavoidable in life, and we cannot change our exposure to it, but we can work on changing our reaction to it. One way of bettering our ability to deal with stress is through having a positive outlet for our stress. The most common and effective emotional outlet is a healthy one such as exercise. Getting those endorphins pumping can make you feel better about numerous aspects of life. It can also provide a time for you to focus on what you are really dealing with and give you a chance to regroup and strategize.
Surround Yourself with Positive People
Most likely, everyone will experience a toxic relationship at one point or another in their lives. Knowing where to draw the line and set boundaries with those people is key to maintaining emotional health. Toxic relationships drain us and strip away our ability to withstand stress. In these situations, we owe it to ourselves to prioritize what is truly important. We need to have the energy needed to take care of ourselves and our loved ones, and if a relationship in our lives is sapping us of our ability to do that, it might need to go or have clear boundaries drawn.
When it comes to health and wellness, our emotional health can have as much of an impact on our quality of life as our physical health.