Emotional Wellness focuses on your ability to experience, recognize and express a full range of emotion, and channel these emotions in healthy and effective ways. Your emotional health can effect all eight dimensions of wellness so it is important to understand where you are emotionally and what tools are available to help improve your emotional wellness.
Stress is a part of everyone's lives and can negatively affect our wellness more than we realize if it is not managed appropriately. Chronic stress can have a number of negative side effects including: depressed mood, extreme fatigue, heightened susceptibility to disease & illness, as well as an increase to self-medicating behaviors such as drug & alcohol abuse, and an adverse affect on eating and dietary behaviors, among other similar physiological and psychological symptoms.
There are many ways that one can manage stress such as exercise, stress management techniques, counseling and recreational activities.
Inspired by the Happiness Initiative, Wellness Online will focus on how caring for oneself not only contributes to personal wellness, but also to family, community and global happiness.
Happiness is often underestimated; it can create a cycle of better relationships, improved physical health, more productivity and a longer life. Positive emotions like happiness also contribute to your ability to handle stressors and setbacks.
10 things research says will make you happy
Savor Everyday MomentsWhen people take time to enjoy ordinary events that are normally rushed, or to think back on pleasant moments from the day they can increase their happiness and reduce depression.
Avoid ComparisonsComparing ourselves with others can be damaging to self-esteem so instead, try focusing on personal achievement because this will lead to greater satisfaction with yourself.
Make Money a Low PriorityPeople who put money high on their priority list are more at risk for depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem accross nations and cultures.
Have Meaningful GoalsEngage in activities that are both personally significant and enjoyable; people who strive for something significant are far happier than those who don’t have strong dreams or aspirations. Acording to Ed Diener and Robert Biswas-Diener, people "actually require a sense of meaning to thrive."
Take Initiative at WorkWhen we express creativity, help others, suggest improvements, or do additional tasks on the job, we make our work more rewarding and feel more in control.
Make Friends, Treasure FamilyHappier people tend to have good, supportive relationships with friends and family that involve understanding and caring.
Smile Even When You Don’t Feel Like ItBe optimistic about the future and savor the high points in the past. Practice making positive outlook a habit by seeing and celebrating possiblities, opportunities and success, even on a small scale.
Say Thank You and Mean ItPeople who show genuine gratitude are healthier, more optimistic, and more likely to make progress toward achieving personal goals, according to author Robert Emmons. Research by Martin Seligman revealed that writing a “gratitude letter” to someone who made a difference in your life will have a lasting positive effect on your happiness.
Get Out and ExerciseA Duke University study shows that exercise may be just as effective as drugs in treating depression, without all the side effects and expense. Other research shows that in addition to health benefits, regular exercise offers a sense of accomplishment and opportunity for social interaction, releases feel-good endorphins, and boosts self-esteem.
Be Selfless More OftenHelping a neighbor, volunteering, or donating goods and services results in a “helper’s high,” and you get more health benefits than you would from quitting smoking, according to researcher Stephen Post. Other research shows that those who spend more money on others report greater happiness than those who spend it on themselves.
Thank you to The Happiness Initiative and Yes! Magazine, for the research and tips.