Emotional well-being, a topic rarely talked about but holds a lot of value when it comes to one's overall health and well-being. A person's emotion can play a great role in their day-to-day life, often misunderstood as being devoid of negative emotions, emotional well-being actually means the ability of a person to cope up with stress and tackle life's problems in a healthy way. Understanding what it is, and how positive thinking can impact oneself and one's life is very important.
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Emotional well-being is something that is hidden and sometimes never spoken. It is a phrase with a strong connection to mental health. When we discuss health, we often pay attention to its physical components and prioritize problems that directly impact our bodies. A person's physical health should undoubtedly be one of their top priorities, but we also need to care for our mental and emotional well-being and ensure that we are generally healthy.
A good state of mind and body, a sense of safety and adaptability, as well as a sense of connection to other people, communities, and the environment are all examples of emotional well-being. An individual's emotional wellness is essential to his/her overall health and chances for a successful future.
A number of demographic, economic, and situational variables might have an impact on someone's emotional well-being. For instance, during the pandemic, people's emotional well-being was found to be decreased by 74% on average!
Simply put, emotional well-being refers to how someone feels and how their emotions and feelings impact them. The ability to cope with stress, greater self-esteem, increased productivity, the development of a strong immune system, and many other positive changes in us are all influenced by our level of well-being. It has also been shown that emotional well-being contributes to an increase in lifespan. Likewise, a decline in emotional stability results in high tension, this can lead to introduction of uninvited disturbances meddling with mental health paving way for anxiety and depression. In fact, mental problems of these nature might be fueled too by low emotional well-being.
The connection between our mind and body are very strong, that our mental and physical moods feed into one another both positively and negatively. Our feelings depend on our thoughts and both of them together determine our attitudes and behavior. Our thoughts drive our feelings, and the thoughts are nothing more than the electrical impulses between our neurons, and during this process of thought generation, our body releases adrenalin and cortisol which are highly addictive. According to the researchers, this addiction too having no exemption like any other addiction, creates an urge for more to satiate itself and this results in our body to think and feel in a different way. But the key lies in our hands, as we can halt these negative outbursts or actions by trying to approach things in a positive manner.
In fact, researchers have found out that our thoughts and emotions have a lot of effect on our immune system! The broader scientific term is called as ‘psychoneuroimmunology’. It is basically the study of the relation between immunity, our endocrine system and the central nervous system. According to this our thoughts and emotions can affect the immune system both positively and negatively. The research says that the cells in our body, mainly those present in the immune system produce something called cytokines during the experience of any physical stress. When one is involved in an emotional stressfully situation or experiences emotional stress, some hormones like adrenaline are released by the body, these with other factors inside the body signal for the release of cytokines, similar to how it responds in physical stress like an infection or injury. Some of the researchers say that an excess of cytokines can causes changes in the brain some probably leading to mental illness. Which also justifies the increased possibility of mental illness in adults who faced stressful childhood in contrast to others. The positive side of all this is that the emotional stress can be decreased to a large extent by positive attitude and purposely trying to maintain a healthy balance.
By engaging in activities like exercising, yoga, and meditation, practicing mindfulness, attempting to keep negative thoughts away, participating in activities that one enjoys doing, encouraging one's own hobbies, and simple things like redecorating one's room to give it a fresh perspective where one can feel more comfortable, maintaining an ‘emotion journal’, where one can track their feelings and emotions, taking a break and engaging oneself in self-care, or reliving childhood memories by watching a good old favorite TV show, we can encourage the development of our own emotional wellbeing.
A vital component of building and developing resilience, self-awareness, and eventually leading to overall contentment, is having good emotional health. However, with this all said- It is very important to remember- that being in good emotional health doesn't entail being constantly joyful or devoid of any negative or unpleasant feeling. It is all about having the necessary skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of life and cope with them in a healthy manner.
Another key consideration is the importance and validity of our own emotions and sentiments, which should never be compromised for those of others. Instead, we should embrace them. In order to maintain a balance and lead happy lives, we should be mindful of both our own emotions and those of the others to avoid hurting anyone's sentiments, whether that be of others or our own. Happy Emotional Wellbeing😀.
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