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5 Ways To Improve Your Emotional Health

Wondering how to improve your emotional health?
 

1. Express Yourself

Keeping your feelings bottled up will only make things worse. It's ok to share your feelings with a family member or friend. A problem shared is a problem halved, after all. Make sure to remember that your family or friend is not a professional, so may not be able to help you get to the root of the problem. But it's certainly a good place to start. For feelings that are continuously bothering you, make sure to speak to your GP or another trained professional to help you improve your emotional health.

2. Find Balance in Your Life

I know it sounds impossible, but try not to obsess over things that lead to negative thoughts and feelings. Sometimes, when we are anxious, we tend to overthink EVERYTHING - problems at work, relationships, health issues - and end up being stuck in a vicious cycle of overthinking. Stopping obsessing doesn’t mean you have to pretend to be happy when you feel stressed, anxious or upset. Instead, look at it like you are trying to retrain your brain to focus on the positive, instead of the negative. When you feel yourself slipping in to that negative head space, bring your attention elsewhere. A good place to start is to keep a diary of things that make you feel happy or peaceful. By simply recording all of these lovely things, you can help yourself have a more positive outlook on life. This will then help improve your quality of life and give your emotional health a boost. And if you find yourself struggling with positive things to write down, make time for yourself to do the things you love, so you'll have plenty of thoughts and memories to capture.

3. Explore Meditation

Learn to calm your mind, body and soul. If relaxing and unwinding are things you struggle with, don't worry, you can learn! Meditation and mindfulness are both great ways of balancing emotions.

4. Make Time For Self Care

To look after our emotional health, we must also look after our physical health by practicing self care. This means loving ourselves enough to eat well so our bodies are nourished, to sleep well so our bodies can recover and renew, to exercise regularly so our bodies can be strong, but also to help relieve built up tensions. Self care also means doing nice things for ourselves, such as bubble baths, manicures and facials. Little feel good treats like this every now and then can do wonders for how we feel.

5. Talk to a Professional

Would you walk around all day long on a broken ankle? Would you carry on about your business with a broken arm dangling limply at your side? No? You'd go to a doctor or a hospital wouldn't you? So why would you ignore your mental health, emotions and feeling, if they too feel broken or off-centre? If you are concerned about yourself, always seek advice from your GP, who will be more than ready to listen.

For more information and advice on mental health issues, visit yourmentalhealth.ie

About the Author

Editor of eumom.ie, Mairéad Cahalan is a creator of content, a lover of music, red wine and coffee, and a part-time wedding singer! Find her on Twitter, Instagram, Soundcloud and LinkedIn.

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