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FEELING FRUSTRATED, STRESSED, UNHAPPY, or Etc. 2/15/19Emotional wellness dictates a person’s outlook on life and reflects overall satisfaction and happiness. Hectic or tight schedules can lead to negative thoughts and feelings.

Emotional wellness is also interconnected with our physical, intellectual, social, and spiritual wellness.  When our emotional well-being suffers, the other areas can suffer, too.  On the flip side, when we boost up our emotional well-being, or any other single component of wellness, the positive effects can ripple into all the other areas.

By making our emotional wellness a priority, we become more content and that’s good for everyone around us at home and at work.  Here are some ways to tend to your emotional wellness.

Talk About Your Feelings   Don’t ignore them. Talking about feelings puts them out in the open and prevents rumination. If you can’t talk to someone, then write in a journal.  Schedule an appointment with a professional licensed counselor to work through situations and emotions that are troublesome.

Take Short Breaks  Taking breaks allows you to focus better after “stepping away” for a bit, and helps improve efficiency.  Although deadlines exist, that doesn’t mean all work has to be completed at once.  If you are at a desk job, go for short walks, especially outdoors, to take in fresh air and connect with people.    Drink plenty of water. If you have a meeting with one other person, walk and talk rather than meeting over a table or email.   If you do physical labor, take rest breaks and stay hydrated to remain alert throughout the day.  Helping others also can improve your emotional health.

Change the Scenery   Get out of a “rut” and try something new by mixing up the same old routine.  Instead of eating at your desk or in front of the TV, eat outside or in a different lunchroom to learn more about your co- workers.  Walk the kids to school.  Vary your route to work.  See something new; it adds much-needed variety to life.

Make Time for Yourself  In an overscheduled life, making time for yourself may be difficult. But it is a “must” when seeking emotional balance. Take at least a few minutes each day to do something you love. Make your hobbies part of your daily routine.

Say No  Recognize that saying “no” to others gives you the chance to say “yes” to family time and helps you recharge. Know your own limits and reduce stress levels by prioritizing and declining requests to take on more in your already overscheduled life.

Find the Bright Side  When you hear or think a negative thought, consider how you might turn it to the positive side. Practice with your family by having one person state a negative comment or thought. Next, take turns offering that person a positive perspective on each situation. Challenge yourselves to identify as many positive perspectives as possible.

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