Keeping healthy emotionally
18th August, 2008
Emotional wellbeing is about how we feel, think and behave. Nobody is happy, thinks positively, and behaves reasonably all the time. However if you generally find yourself happy more than unhappy, think positively more than negatively, and behave reasonably more than unreasonably, it's likely you’ll be enjoying life, more than finding it a drudge.
Looking after your emotional well being is as important as taking care of your body. On the whole we manage our physical health better than our emotional health. As soon as we feel a physical ache or pain we generally try to do something about it. When we find ourselves feeling low or stressed and worried, we tend to think its just part of life, dismiss our feelings and overlook what can be done to address them. Our feelings are a natural part of our make up, so often acceptance of how we feel is all that is necessary. Acknowledging, attending to, and managing feelings (learning to master them and not letting them rule you), are all part of the work involved in maintaining your emotional balance and well being (with acknowledgement to James Tighe Clinical Nurse Research Fellow).
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