Things to consider When Assessing Your Mental Health and Emotional Wellness
“The only journey is the journey within.”
~ Rainer Maria Rilke
Your emotional well-being is just as important to your body as your digestive system. And yet, most of fail to acknowledge emotional health as something that affects our lives. Or only concentrate on emotional symptoms when confronted by negative external stimulus. Or even worse, resort to drugs or alcohol to mask our problems instead of seeking a solution to them. If you're not seeking a solution, why should they? The following are some tips on how to improve your emotional health, with a healthy perspective.
Keeping Your Emotional Health Up
“It’s up to you today to start making healthy choices. Not choices that are just healthy for your body, but healthy for your mind.”
~ Steve Maraboli
It has been stated many times that the balance in your emotional health and your mental health is very much connected to your state of total physical and mental well-being. When you are feeling good you feel healthier mentally and physically. It has also been stated many times that those who are not in balance emotionally, are the ones who have higher instances of stress, depression, and sickness. For those who are looking for a healthy lifestyle and emotional well-being, they must learn to obtain the balance in their lives.
Train yourself to be a better supervisor
One of the ways that you can get the balance right is to train yourself to be a better supervisor. The way that I see this is that you become more effective as a supervisor when you learn to be a better supervisor. Now this does not mean that you should become a super-self-confident person and try to command others over. What it does mean that you need to learn how to be a supervisor without becoming arrogant and trying to command others over.
Make efforts to build better social connections
The best way to achieve a good balance between an emotionally healthy state of mind and a state of total health is to go out into the world and actively make efforts to build better social connections. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with what social connections are, they are simply the activities or the friendships that we engage in with other people who are like us. For example, if you are a white male and you are interested in black females, you could go on a website called Facebook and begin searching for black females. Once you have found a bunch of them, start hanging out with them on either a weekly or monthly basis. Once you build enough of these friends to where you feel like a real friend, start dating them and getting to know them. The most successful forms of social connections that anyone can ever have been ones that come from the heart and from genuine human connections, so if you are trying to find a way to get your emotional health up, start building new friends and forging new social relationships.
Maintaining Mental Health is a Process
“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process. It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.”
~ Noam Shpancer
How much mental health do you have? What kinds of therapies, activities, or exercises do you engage in daily to keep your mental health at an optimal level? The answers to these questions may surprise you and help you determine how much mental health you need to sustain in this high-paced world. If you find yourself unable to determine the amount of mental health you need to sustain each day, then learning new skills such as those listed below may help you identify ways that you can increase your level of mental fitness.
Having a sense of self-worth
The first part of maintaining mental health is having a sense of self-worth. Everyone strives to be of worth to themselves, to their families, and to other individuals. When you can feel worthy of yourself and what you have accomplished in life, you will be more able to accept and take care of others, have realistic expectations about relationships, spend more time with your friends and family, be more attentive to the things around you, and understand the importance of maturity and kindness in maturity. Maintaining a positive mental health balance involves learning to love yourself and accept the good and the bad that come with being a human being. Spending time doing activities that promote kindness and awareness of the present moment can improve your mood in general, giving you a feeling of vitality that will help you meet life's challenges with more ability and grace.
Taking advantage of what God has given you
Maintaining mental health is also about taking advantage of what God has given you. Being in tune with the divine within yourself and surrounding you with supportive people who are interested in helping you achieve a higher sense of spiritual awareness and wellness can make a big difference in how you view yourself and your place in the world. Sometimes, all it takes is already experiencing similar struggles to help you reach a point where you can accept yourself and move forward. You don't need to go through a difficult time to learn how to get well-rounded quickly. The more support you get and the more you practice the simple skills that have helped others overcome adversity, the better equipped you will be to handle whatever life brings.
Finding Joy Through Simple Ways to Find Happiness
“Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”
~ Albus Dumbledore
When it comes to finding ways to find happiness in your life, there are many different avenues to choose from. You can try the tried-and-true methods that have always worked, or you can explore new ideas and approaches to happiness that may be a bit more foreign to you. For most of us though, our biggest road to happiness ends up being a road we discover on our own through years of trial and error. While that might seem like a long and arduous road to go down on your own, it's one of the most satisfying and effective ways to reach your goals.
Listen to your heart and keep yourself open to others
So, what is one thing you can count on to help you be happy? If you're a people person, then you will love listening to others. Listen to your heart and keep yourself open to others, not just others' wishes and desires, but other people's needs and wants, and their ideas about how to get there. If you want to take on a task, then, do it; but if you want to be happy, then, do the task, but then learn to listen to your heart and take what you learn to heart and apply it to other areas of your life, so that you can begin to enjoy the simpler pleasures of life.
Opening yourself up to others
So, the first and best ways to find happiness are by opening yourself up to others, accepting that you don't know everything and yet being willing to learn, listening to your heart, and accepting the simple ways in which life happens. It doesn't always happen this way, but you can certainly find happiness by taking on some small tasks that you can learn to love and cherish, and that will teach you to be content in small moments, even when the going gets tough. Find the pleasure in doing simple things and you'll become happier with yourself. Keep this in mind the next time that you want to complain or be sarcastic.
Mental health and emotional wellbeing are all about how we think, how to react, what life influences us, what makes us laugh, or cry, what do we value and how to deal with it. It is a continuous self-improvement process that needs conscious attention in our daily activities. The key is to find the balance between our physical, mental, and emotional wellness by being aware of our inner resources (the ability to meet our needs without strain) and developing our 'overall well-being'. What follows is a brief description of four main aspects of mental health and emotional wellbeing that must be considered when assessing yourself.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2021 Surajit Roy