Thursday, October 18, 2012

Six Steps to Emotional Well-Being

Do you often feel moody, stressed and drained?

Have you lost your carefree attitude and happiness?

If life has lost its sparkle, perhaps you need to improve your emotional well-being. Here's how...

1# Tune in to your emotions. Most people shrug off their feelings and put on a brave face, but the best way to deal with emotional turmoil is to work out what's wrong and take action to put things right. Your emotions are messages. Tune in and listen. How do you feel? Why do you feel like you do? Is there anything you can do about it? If so, plan a course of action.

2# Change what you can't accept and accept what you can't change. What's the point of holding on to emotional turmoil? Life's far too short to waste it on upset and unhappiness. Step back into your joy. Change your thoughts so that you focus on a positive outlook.

3# Express Yourself. Sometimes, you just need to say how it is. Most people bottle up their emotions. Find a way of expressing what you feel in a safe and considered way. Perhaps you know someone who will listen without judgement? Perhaps you can talk to a counsellor? Maybe you just need to channel your emotions through your gym workout or creative talent. Often, expression allows you to find solutions to what's causing the emotional pain.

4# Breathe and let go. Just be in the moment. Let go what has passed. Let go of what might or might not happen. Just be.

5# Nurture your body, mind, and spirit. Eat well, sleep well, relax, and take some exercise. Do something you love - something that resonates deeply with you. Self-nurturing is essential and will put you in the right space to heal any emotional imbalances.

6# Lighten up and have fun. Sometimes, life is just too serious. When you're weighed down by life's dramas and crazy events, take some time out. Go play! Do something fun. Laugh! When you feel lighter, you're in a much better frame of mind to resolve problems.

Your emotional well-being is key to living a happy and healthy life. Don't ignore how you feel. Do something positive about it. Put the sparkle back in your life.

Today's quote:

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

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