Taking care of your emotional well-being doesn’t start and stop at the psychologist’s office. If you are in a high stress job or stressful family situation, you need to take care of your mental health – just as you need to take care of your physical health. These mental health tips can be the first steps that you take to feel better and function better.
More than 70% of Americans say they experience real physical and emotional symptoms from stress. Taking care of stress is part of taking care of your physical health and your mental health.
Five tips to feel better emotionally
You may begin to see improvements in your emotional well-being when you try some of these tips.
Find out what triggers stress and anxiety
Try keeping a 24 hour stress log for seven days. Once you start making notes, you will have a better idea of what causes you to experience stress in your life during the course of the each week.
Once you identify what causes you the most stress, you can get to work on reducing or even eliminating one or more of your stressors.
Build breaks and time off into your schedule
Living with constant demand can leave you feeling guilty about taking a break. Make sure to make time for a short break each hour. Just a three minute break can help you unwind and refocus.
Fitting a 30 minute break into your day helps to break up the day so you don’t get overwhelmed. And if you’re the one person in the office who never takes all of their vacation days, it’s time to start thinking about how you can give yourself a break and recharge your batteries!
Reduce tech time
Reducing your daily amount of tech time outside of the office can help you relax. If you must, define a set amount of time in the evening to answer any emails or messages that require a fast response, and then enjoy a bit of freedom. You probably don’t really need to be available to your work contacts 24/7!
Setting proper boundaries is important for your emotional wellbeing and mental health. Speak with a friend, spouse, or therapist about different ways that you can say no to demands that you are unable to fulfill. Saying no without guilt can go a long way towards helping you feel better.
Balance your work and family obligations with activities that you enjoy. Identify what gives you pleasure – gardening, cooking, spending time with friends, or whatever activity gives you pleasure and relaxation. Finding balance will help you feel better emotionally and physically.
Make your emotional wellbeing a priority
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