It is important to remember what matters most in your life when you’re feeling down or life seems to get ahead of you. Why? Because stress can have a negative effect. It can happen to anyone from time to time. Use the following list of tips from The National Wellness Institute to improve your emotional wellness.
The National Wellness Institute suggests selecting one item a day and looking for ways to incorporate it into your life…don’t worry about doing them all at once! Sometimes moving slowly in small steps can be the fastest way to achieve a
- Make more friends: Keep the friends you already have close to you, but be open to meeting new people and forming new relationships.
- Enjoy alone time: Take advantage of opportunities to meditate and listen to nothing other than your thoughts.
- Exercise: Studies have shown that physical activity can improve your mood and enhance your quality of life.
- Seek pleasure: Don’t let your responsibilities control your life. Take time everyday to do something you enjoy.
- Find a passion: Create a bucket list of things you want to do and accomplish in your lifetime. Developing a list of things you want to do gives you something to strive for each and every day.
- Prepare for problems: It is a false hope to believe that everything in life will go smoothly every day. Plan for some things to not go well from time to time. Being prepared reduces the impact of when things do not necessarily go as planned.
- Seek constructive criticism: Ask others around you for their input about the work you are doing, who you are as a person, etc. Do not take offense to their opinions, but embrace them and use what they say to improve you.
- Take risks: Encourage yourself to step out of your comfort zone and take healthy risks. Accomplishing tasks you never thought you could is extremely gratifying.
- Manage your success well: Embrace your successes and be proud of yourself when you do well, but do not let it overwhelm you. Instead, use your success to help others.
- Remember, you are never alone: Adulthood can be difficult for everyone; never think you are the only one struggling. It is very healthy to discuss your emotions with friends and/or explore therapy options to share your stresses with an expert. They are here to help.
- Write! Instead of letting stress and fear overtake your mind; write them down on a list. Then, write a list of things you are grateful for. Your list of stress and fears will become nothing more than words on paper, and your list of positive things in your life will remind you how blessed you really are.
- Protect yourself from “Debbie Downers:” Most everyone knows someone who is always in a bad mood, upset about something, frustrated with life, etc. It is important you do not let these people have a negative impact on your mood. Listen to what they have to say, and try to help if that is something you are comfortable with, but if the situation becomes too much, don’t be afraid to walk away and take some time to preserve your own happiness.
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