15 Simple Ways You Can Boost Your Emotional Health

Ways Boost Emotional Health

11. Treat yourself.

We easily treat other people, but when it comes to ourselves, that tends to be a harder point to sell. Maintaining health – whether emotional, physical or otherwise – is a lifelong journey. Who says you can’t reward yourself for all of the hard work you’re putting in?

A treat may look like a weekend getaway to a spa, or simply a nice bubble bath, in the peace and quiet of your own home. These rewards need not be expensive or elaborate but do keep them a priority.

Celebrating yourself every chance you get leads to inspiration and motivation to keep on your health path.

12. Travel.

Most of us think of travel as something exotic and expensive, and therefore unattainable, but it doesn’t have to be so! Travel can be anything that takes you out of your current usual routine or comfort zone. Maybe taking a new route to work, or checking out that park on the other side of town one weekend that you’ve always wanted to visit – travel is everywhere!

Give yourself permission (and a treat!) to see and experience something new. Oftentimes, these types of experiences shift our perspective and give us that much-needed connection with ourselves and the world at large.

13. Take a class, or learn something new.

Emotional health is all about changing up the routines we’re used to relying on for our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The human mind is at its best when it’s being stimulated, and in what better way to do that than to learn something new.

Think about a class you’ve always been interested in or a skill you’d like to develop. Check out your local colleges, libraries, or social media for opportunities, classes, or workshops. When we take on a new subject area to learn about, we create new neuropathways in the brain.

These, in turn, not only help us refresh our creativity and problem-solving skills, but they also change our brain chemistry and allow us to better respond to life’s many changes.[6]

14. Get enough sleep.

Ensuring that you’re getting a solid 7 to 8 hours of sleep at night is vital for your physical, emotional, and mental health. In order to be productive and energized to take on your day stems from the type of quality sleep you’re getting at night.

Are you tossing and turning? Perhaps look at your environment and make necessary changes, like new sheets, better pillow, or arrangement of bed that you have in your room.

Do you wake up throughout the night? Keep a journal nearby and document what happens that wakes you, and what you do right after you’re up. This can help you better observe patterns of wakefulness and what you can do about it.

Remember to also put away your phones and tablets before bedtime, to give the body the necessary “down time” in preparation for sleep.

And consider building a night time routine to help put you to sleep.

15. Build resilience for when things change.

There is one constant in life, and that is that it will constantly change. As humans, we tend to attach ourselves to the control we have over life, but when it changes unexpectedly (in loss of a person or job), we have a hard time grappling with the reality of it all.

Building resilience for these changes ensures that we can bounce back from anything that life throws at us.

In Buddhism, one precept sits above all that is focused on this idea of change, and that is impermanence. This doctrine teaches us that everything is temporary – loss, sadness, grief, happiness, anger, etc. Because life ebbs and flows, so does change along with it.

We’re just there to enjoy and witness the ride, and this means practicing detachment from the idea that we have any real control, to begin with! This surrender truly becomes our resilience and enables us to roll with the punches and embrace all that life has to offer, even when it’s hard.

Related: 15 Enlightening TED Talks on Emotional Intelligence

Final Thoughts

Emotional health is just as important as mental and physical health. It is, after all, one and the same.

How we react to the many changes in life can be very telling of how healthy we are, emotionally. Thankfully, there are a plethora of simple habits that we can implement today to help us regain footing on the journey that is our whole-self wellness.

References:

[1] OffshoreSportsbooks: Boosting your mental health like an athlete
[2] The Good Body: Meditation Statistics
[3] Medical News Today: What is serotonin and what does it do?
[4]Time: “Forest Bathing is great for your health. Here’s how to do it”
[5] Healthline: EFT Tapping
[6] CCSU Continuing Education: The top 7 benefits of learning a new skill

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Written By Aleksandra Slijepcevic
Originally Appeared In Lifehack

So you see, it is not really that complicated to boost your emotional health, as it may seem at times. These are pretty simple habits that you will be able to incorporate into your daily routine, without disrupting too much of it. Always remember that sound emotional health is one of the most valuable things you will ever have, and the more you try to boost it, the happier and healthier you will be.

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