The helplessness when you feel you’re despondent, the relief when you catch the bus by a whisker, the distress after a sudden roadblock appears or the ecstasy when you hit the jackpot; emotions, positive and negative, play a huge role in inspiring our lives. We may choose to accept or deny it but getting emotional is as human as breathing and is nothing to be embarrassed of.
We often consider displaying emotions a sigh of weakness. Tears are shed in secrecy while happiness is shared with a precious few. When someone is aware of our vulnerabilities we risk giving them control over ourselves. Isn’t that the general perception? While this may be true to some extent, do we spare a moment to reflect upon its consequences? Is holding it all inside good for our own emotional wellness?
Emotional wellness is a subtle but important part of self-care that allows us to accept our feelings. We cannot choose our emotions but can certainly condition ourselves to live through and grow beyond them. It gives us the inner strength to manage stress, facilitates unimpeded self-expression and helps form better relationships with others.
Being emotionally aware has its merits. It helps us develop the right attitude and grants us the confidence to learn from our mistakes. A balanced life rich with experiences is surely something to look up to. While it is easier said than done, emotional wellness is a service we owe to ourselves. How to achieve this though?
Surround yourself with positivity
Positivity is contagious and can deeply influence your mood and feelings. Surround yourself with people and things that emit only positive vibes. Anything that makes you happy deserves to be around you, nothing else.
Expressing gratitude goes a long way in developing emotional security, and not just yours. Appreciate your loved ones and give time and respect to your relationships. You can also maintain a gratitude journal.
Don’t pull yourself up
Mistakes are a part of human nature and none of us are exempt from them. What matters is our handling and takeaways from them. The experience may be negative but the lesson will always be positive.
Seek others out
Continuing from the point above, don’t retract to a shell because you may have erred. It is a good idea to seek out people who can lend you a helping hand. You don’t have to do it all alone.
Gel with overall wellness
Emotional wellness must gel with other dimensions of wellness like physical, spiritual, mental etc to create the perfect balance within us. Consider your body a temple and wellness the various rituals that keep it sacrosanct.
This was my third post in the Health and Wellness series with #CauseAChatter. Please do share your thoughts on it and let me know any topics you would like me to write on.