Hope for the family in tough times
Did you know 1 in 5 Americans is affected by a mental health condition? Mental health is essential to everyone’s overall health and well-being. When you are mentally healthy you are better able to handle life’s challenges, build positive relationships, and maintain resilience in times of adversity and trauma. Maintaining good emotional health can nurture positivity in your relationships with your family, coworkers, friends, and companions. Here are some tips on boosting your well-being and staying emotionally healthy.
The types of food you eat can affect your mood. Decreasing your caffeine and sugar intake can improve the quality and quantity of your sleep. Adequate sleep is an essential component of good emotional health. Increasing appropriate vitamins and nutrients, such as Vitamins B and D, can improve your mood and reduce stress. Also, incorporating regular exercise into your daily routine has been shown to be an effective treatment for depression and anxiety.
Reduce your vulnerability to emotional distress by doing things each day that make you feel competent and confident. Learning a new skill can build mastery which can help you to feel purposeful and accomplished. Over time, a series of accomplishments can lead to a more positive self-esteem overall and a greater level of happiness.
Our emotions communicate what is and is not healthy in our lives and what we need to change. When you mask your emotions and fail to express yourself it can cause you to hurt yourself and others leading to discord and strain in your relationships. Being able to express your emotions in a healthy way can help you assertively communicate your wants and needs.
*Information derived from NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training.