Here is a great post published some time ago…enjoy!
As you will see in many of my posts, I love definitions! I am a firm believer that once you know the meaning of something, you are better equipped to understand it! So with that being said, let’s look at the word emotion.
According to Webster’s dictionary it means, a strong feeling (such as love, anger, joy, hate or fear). These feelings can then lead to physiological changes, as increased heart rate, breathing or often more outward manifestations as crying or shaking.
During our series on stress, we touched briefly on how our emotions can be affected by stress. Being emotionally well involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors whether they are positive or negative. Emotional wellness suggests the ability to be conscious of and accepting of our feelings, rather than dismiss them. To have a positive outlook on life and enjoy it, despite the every-now-and-then frustrations and disappointments, attempt to see the brighter side of things!
Now I am aware that there are certain times of the month that we women can become a little more emotionally charged than others. And that is a time where personally, I have to pray more. And not just naturally, but spiritually! There are just some things that are more difficult to articulate or express without saying it from a place of irritability or moodiness. So I find myself, seeking wisdom on how to say things before I say it more often! During these times, and others, our emotions can take us places that we never intended to go, as they can be like waves in the ocean, we can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which wave we want to surf!
So I know you’re probably thinking, Dr. Robinson, what are some things that I can do to help steer me to a path towards emotional wellness? I am so glad you asked! Keep reading!
Here are a few ways to help steer yourself in a direction towards emotional wellness:
- Have an awareness of our thoughts and feelings.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
- Accept mistakes, and don’t just move on, learn from them.
- Set Priorities!
- Seek support from a support system. That could include, spiritual leaders or close family and friends.
Comment below and let us know what are some things that help you to remain emotionally balanced. How do you handle your moments of emotional instability? Let us know your thoughts.
University of California Riverside. (2016, August). Wellness: Emotional Wellness. Retrieved from https://wellness.ucr.edu/emotional_wellness.html