How to be Emotionally Healthy
By: Raychel Chumley
Do you know what it means to be emotionally healthy? I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately. Specifically, am I living an emotionally healthy life; and, what needs to change so I am?
Let’s talk about it…
In an article called Improving Emotional Health by authors Melinda Smith, M.A., Robert Segal, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D., emotional health is defined as having:
A sense of contentment. A zest for living and the ability to laugh and have fun. The ability to deal with stress and bounce back from adversity. A sense of meaning and purpose, in both their activities and their relationships. The flexibility to learn new things and adapt to change. A balance between work and play, rest and activity, etc. The ability to build and maintain fulfilling relationships. Self-confidence and high self-esteem.
The same needs to happen if we want to be emotionally healthy as adults.
I know life has hurt you more than just falling down on the pavement did. I know
what happened to you wasn’t fair. Yes, it hurt you very badly. But emotionally healthy people learn how to get over it. They learn how to forgive and release.
Emotionally healthy people take care of themselves mind, body, and spirit so that when bad things happen they are better able to deal with them. Resting, exercising, letting it go, writing in a journal, praying, eating well-balanced meals, and spending time with others, are all small simple steps I’m implementing in my life so I have greater emotional health…and I encourage you to do the same this week.
Have a great week!