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Improving Your Emotional Health

Improving Your Emotional Health

We all know about the high importance of maintaining a healthy physical body and mental health state, but what is not talked about as often is how to keep a well-maintained state of emotional health. Emotions are the body and mind’s way of perceiving, communicating, and making sense of our day-to-day interactions and experiences in everyday life. It can be easy to neglect the emotional self and not check in with it regularly, but when it is supported and taken care of, we can truly flourish and thrive. When our emotional health is not accounted for, it can certainly snowball into other areas of our lives, throwing everything off balance. If we make the effort to nourish and protect the emotional body, it allows us to feel more secure and fulfilled overall.

Working with a mental health professional can benefit truly anyone in their journey to improve and advance their emotional health, especially if conditions like anxiety and depression are factors that are acting as barriers against progress. If you are looking for a psychiatrist in the Southlake (DFW), TX region, Dr. Messina & Associates specializes in a vast range of mental illnesses and how to work through and understand them better. There is an abundance of resources and tools out there to work into our routines to ensure that we are supporting the emotional health as best as we can, which is exactly what we are going to discuss today.

 

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness has the ability to have such a huge impact on our daily lives, and it is truly something so simple. Mindfulness is the state of being where every thought and emotion is just accepted for how it is and without any judgement. Making and effort to stay mindful throughout the day allows us to slow down, be less impulsive, and really be aware of how we are really doing and feeling. Mindfulness can be practiced anytime, anywhere, and it can even be taken to the next level by intentionally scheduling a small amount of time out of each day to sit and meditate. A regular practice of mindfulness really has the power to advance anyone’s life, and it is a major component in checking in and supporting the emotional health.

 

Take Care of Your Physical Health

We are talking about steps to improve the emotional health today, but a huge factor of doing that is focusing on ourselves physically, as well. Whether we acknowledge it or not, the health of our physical selves is tied to such a huge number of things. Neglecting the physical health can have detrimental effects on our mental and emotional health, as well as our sleep habits, energy levels, and immune systems. Everything within us is intricately intertwined and it can work harmoniously together when it is all supported healthily. When steps are taken to improve and maintain the physical health, our emotional health reaps all the benefits and has the ability to stay exponentially more stabilized overall. You do not have to be a gym buff or health guru to gain these advantages, but simple things like taking daily walks, eating three balanced meals a day, drinking plenty of water, and getting enough sleep are all very doable things that can elevate your mental and emotional state adequately.

 

Get Creative

So many people are in the same boat of executing their never-ending wheel of responsibilities each day, and unfortunately do not set aside time solely for themselves to partake in something they enjoy and feel creative doing. Humans are creative creatures and having an outlet for this creativity is extremely important and fundamental in maintaining a positive state of being emotionally. Having any outlet, such as painting, writing, dancing, drawing, or singing, can help us feel more in tune and fulfilled with our entire being and act as a form of therapy during those times we are extra stressed and overwhelmed. Letting creativity flow provides so much nourishment for the soul and emotional self, and it can really do remarkable things in improving our mood and uplifting us a ton.

 

Focus on Positive Thinking

Seriously magical things can happen when we choose to think positively and see the good in mundane or stressful circumstances. Situations that are less than ideal and that upset us are of course going to find us sometimes, but we always have a choice of how we can react and respond to these situations that we are faced with. Certain incidences like running into bad traffic, getting a flat tire, or getting into a disagreement to someone can ruin your whole day and mood, or you can choose to see the silver lining within these scenarios and feel a greater sense of peace that you are not allowing it to dictate your mood. Having a positive mindset whenever possible will train your brain over time to just think this way more often in general, and who does not want to feel a more regular sense of being emotionally content, anyways?

Making an effort and taking steps to support and maintain a positive system of emotional health is one of the best things we can do for ourselves. Suppressing and bottling up any negative or unwanted emotions is never the answer, and it can lead to unfavorable outcomes if regularly done. Reaching out and talking to any empathetic individuals in your friend group or family can definitely have amazing benefits, and of course speaking with a mental health professional is always a fantastic idea. It is as important to check in on the state of the emotional health when things are seemingly great and positive as it is when you might be feeling more down. Integrating some of these strategies into your regular day-to-day routine has the opportunity to create a ton of positive transformation in how you think, feel, and respond to the world.

 

Getting Help

If you are ready to improve your emotional health, contact us at Dr. Messina & Associates. Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and medication management, our highly qualified team specializes in anxiety and depression in children, adolescents, and adults. In-person appointments are available to patients in the Southlake (DFW) area. Online appointments are available to patients in the Austin, DFW, Houston, and San Antonio areas. 

 

References

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/emotional-wellness-toolkit

https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/building-better-mental-health.htm

 

Author
Dr. Michael Messina

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