Tips to Improve Your Emotional Health
People with balanced emotional health have learned healthy ways to cope with the daily stresses that occur naturally in life. Change is one of the most common stressors we will all have to deal with. Whether the change is for good or bad we can plan on experiencing change several times through out our lives.
Sometimes when we are stressed, or hurt emotionally it comes out in a physical way and we may feel some of the following symptoms:
- Back pain
- Change in appetite
- Chest pain
- Constipation or diarrhea
- Dry mouth
- Extreme tiredness
- General aches and pains
- High blood pressure
- Insomnia (trouble sleeping)
- Palpitations (the feeling that your heart is racing)
- Sexual problems
- Shortness of breath
- Stiff neck
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain or loss
Recognizing these symptoms of stress and learning how to cope with stress now is important, as some of these symptoms get worse with time. Also, investing in your emotional health now will prevent medical costs later.
The following are some helpful tips from Red Mountain Resort and familydoctoroctor.org.
- Express your feelings in appropriate ways. Keeping these feelings inside can make you feel worse. At these times, ask someone outside the situation such as your family doctor, a counselor, a religious advisor or life coach - for advice and support to help you improve your emotional health. You can also express your feelings through movement and dance. Many guests enjoy The Nia Technique at Red Mountain Resort. This energizing technique provides a way to express your feeling through dance, sound and voice.
- Live a balanced life. Some research has shown that having a positive outlook can improve your quality of life and give your health a boost. Let go of the negative things in your life and make time for the things you enjoy. You may need to get away from work and the stresses of home for a while to recharge your batteries and bring the work/relax ratio into a balanced state. In addition, you can balance your mental energies through acupuncture, zero balancing, Tai Chi and other types of energy work.
- Develop resilience. People with resilience are able to cope with stress in a healthy way. Resilience can be learned and strengthened with different strategies. These include having social support, keeping a positive view of yourself, accepting change and keeping things in perspective.
- Calm your mind and body. Relaxation methods, such as meditation, yoga, Tai Chi and slow stretching are useful ways to bring your emotions into balance. These methods should be done in a peaceful environment and can be performed inside or out in nature.
- Take care of yourself. It’s important to take care of your body by having a regular routine for eating healthy meals, getting enough sleep and exercising to relieve pent-up tension. Aerobic, strength and flexibility exercises are equally important and should all be enjoyed as part of your essential routine. Avoid overeating and don’t abuse drugs or alcohol.
For a more intense look at your emotions and how to find emotional peace, check out our Emotional Fitness Add-on package.