People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and behavior. You feel good about yourself, your relationships and your purpose in life. You are able to keep problems in perspective and can handle whatever challenges or disappointments that life brings your way. Just as being physically healthy takes time and work, the same is true with your emotional health and well-being.
People who are emotionally healthy have:
· Self-respect, self-confidence and a high self-esteem
· The ability to think positively and be optimistic
· Hobbies that they enjoy
· Good coping skills to effectively deal with problems, stress or difficult times
· A sense of balance, meaning and purpose in life
· The ability to handle adversity and adapt to change
· Good, healthy relationships
Ways to Improve your Emotional Health:
· Take good care of yourself by eating healthy, exercising regularly and getting enough sleep at night.
· Volunteer in your neighborhood or community.
· Write down your thoughts, or express yourself through art or music.
· Nurture yourself by taking a long hot bath or shower.
· Use a calendar to organize your time, and write in some time for yourself.
· Take a break to read a book or magazine.
· Learn or discover new things by taking a class, joining a book club or studying a new language.
· Focus on enjoying the simple beauty of the world around you.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services