lifestyle, Self Improvement

Emotional well-being: How to take care of your emotional health?

Positive emotional energy is the key to health,
happiness and wellbeing. The more positive you are, the better your life will be in every area.
– Brain Tracy

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How well do you deal with your emotions daily?
Do you think it is important to take care of your emotional health?

You must be thinking about what does emotional well-being mean, right!
Emotional well-being refers to the way you feel and handle your daily life while coping with the daily struggle. It is about how well you manage your thoughts and emotions and take wise and better decisions. Whether you agree or not your emotional health significantly impacts your life.

Your relationship with your family, friends or your colleagues or even when it comes to your career and even your relationship with yourself, everything is connected to your emotions or the way you feel.
Doesn’t matter how much you ignore those thoughts or suppress them, it’s gonna be visible on your face and your behavior.

One of the biggest example we can take is how COVID has taken a big toll on most of the population throughout the globe. With the second wave of COVID arising rapidly, people are not much scared of getting infected rather they are more worried to lose their job again. Losing family and friends are making them worried sick and the biggest thought is capturing everyone’s mind is losing normalcy to life again. Not meeting friends and staying away from your own family is reducing emotional health by 74 per cent as per the recent survey.

It is not possible to stay positive and happy all the time and be in a good mood. But being gloomy all the time is also not good for you as well as for the people around you.

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Ways to take care of your emotional well-being:

Talking about how you are feeling helps you to get rid of those thoughts and many times you get the picture of how your thoughts are making you react or behave. At times just because we suppress our thoughts, it starts showing in our behavior without our knowledge.

Exercise from time to time or play your favorite outdoor sports. Any kind of physical activity helps you in releasing the build-up frustration and improves your mood.

Drinking or smoking might make you feel better or make you forget those disturbing thoughts for the moment but later it’s all gonna come back altogether making you feel worse than ever. So drink sensibly.

Take a break and spend that time with yourself. It is very important to enjoy being alone and think about life from every perspective.

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Learn to say “NO”. At times we just go along with others just because we don’t want to upset them or we just don’t want to deal with the consequences of saying NO to them. We end up doing something which we are not comfortable doing or we don’t have time to do. It will make you frustrated and tired mentally.

Try to be aware of your emotions and reactions. Understand the pattern of your mood and thoughts and try to find out what is triggering such behavior. Once you understand the same, it will help you take time to calm yourself before reacting or taking any action when you are in such situations.

Learn to balance your life. Nowadays everyone is so busy in life they forget to keep a balance between their profession, social circle and family.

Try learning new things. When you learn something completely new, it makes you feel excited and happy and also gives you a feeling of accomplishing something different from your daily life.

Convert your inner critic into a life coach. Give yourself a positive boost and change your perspective of handling a situation. If something goes wrong, instead of feeling bad or sad start thinking about how you can change the situation or what will rectify it.

Maintain a good healthy diet. At times not getting proper nutrition can imbalance hormones in your body and can give you mood swings.

Keep in touch with old friends. Just talking with people who know you for a very long time improves your mood instantly.

Accept yourself the way you are. Just think if you are not able to accept and love yourself, how can you expect the same from others.

Spend time doing something you are good at or feel happy doing it.

Ask for help when you feel vulnerable and down. Also, try helping others who are going through similar issues and take care of them.

Mental health is not a destination,
but a process.
It’s about how you drive,
not where you’re going.
– Noam Shpaneer

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Pratha Nayak

Self Improvement

How to be alone and not feel lonely

I know its been long that I have written but today I wanna write about something most of the people struggle now a days.LONELINESS

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Most people stay away from their families and friends now a days because of their job or studies or some other reason. And after long tiring days they end up being alone the remaining hours of the day in some room cooped-up in four walls. Eventually they end up sad and depressed.

I agree its difficult to go through such times. We feel like talking to someone or go out with some one and relax. But somehow we don’t get to do it.
There was a time I went through such time and it was really difficult. I became very moody and cranky but with time I learned how to enjoy my solitude.

If you can’t enjoy your own company then how can you expect someone else to enjoy your company.

There are many ways to get out of this painful feeling.

Avoid flaking out on plans.
Has it ever happened that someone might have invited you for some outing or some other plans and you have ended-up giving some non-sense reason to get out of the situation?
Well this is something you shouldn’t do. Because eventually people will stop inviting you to accompany them thinking you are uninterested. Sometimes its better to enjoy the moment and go out and have fun.

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Start writing a journal.
I started journal-ling a long time back and I can say that it really helped me in a very positive way. Writing down the way your day went and the way you feel about it helps having a different perspective towards life. It helps getting rid of the negative emotions as well.

Think about all the perks.
When you are around people, you usually do something everyone commonly enjoy and have a good time. But at times we have our own wishes and choices which others might not like to do. So when you are alone you can do whatever you want. Like watch your favorite movie or favorite series or read a book or play video games. You can even cook your favorite dish and eat it while watching a movie. And you don’t have to think whether others will like it or not.

Use your time productively.
Is there any work pending which you have been postponing since a very long time. Or any course you wanted to, but never got the time to do it. Do it now!! This is the best way to use your time alone properly and it will distract your mind from the lonely feeling too. It will also boost your emotions about yourself in to happy direction.

Try knowing yourself better.
Having lot of time in your hands, you can always try to discover your talents or your likes and dislikes. Does doing some particular activity makes you anxious or nervous but you always wanted to do it. Like playing any particular sport or dancing or singing. Try taking a leap and go for it dear!! Its better to explore it and get to know whether you are good at it or not rather than always having a regret of never trying it throughout your life.

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Try to stay away from social media.
When you feeling sad and lonely, its better to stay away from social media. Now a days in social media people often post their happy moments, where they are enjoying their life. Which is not a bad thing of course but it might make you feel even more lonely and depressed
.

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Identifying your loneliness triggers.
Try to find the timings and situations that makes you feel lonely. Its not necessary to feel lonely when you are alone. At times people feel lonely even when they are surrounded by people and friends. May be because they don’t feel included or they don’t like the company that much. Whatever is the reason try to find it. If coming to an empty home after long tiring day of office makes you feel lonely or eating alone makes you lonely, try identifying that reason and try to find a solution it. Like try finding a colleague with whom you can have dinner once in a while after office hour. Or if a friend is staying near by, check if they want to do something for an hour or two.

Try to live in the moment.
Its better to start enjoying the moment rather than thinking what you will do once you reach home. If you keep dreading the upcoming lonely time rather than enjoying the present time, then whats the point right?

Learn to differentiate between loneliness and isolation.
Feeling lonely at times being alone and your acquaintance being busy with their life is something different. Whereas if you are trying to isolate yourself from others, then may be its time to ask yourself, “Why are you doing this to yourself?”. There may be many reasons to it. May be you don’t like being in your current social circle or may be you are going through a rough time in your life. If you don’t like your current social circle, then try to make new friends. And if you are having a rough time because of work life or personal life then please talk to someone who you feel you can confide in, like a family member or a very old close friend.

Try exploring your interests.
It is always good to explore what keeps you interested. Try finding a new hobby. Anything that fascinates you and makes you curious to learn more about it.
May be take a painting class or dancing or sculpture making class. Keep trying till you find something which you can do regularly to pass your time. On plus side, you get to learn something new again.

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Adopt a pet.
People who are animal friendly often adopt a pet. A pet always give you company and also gives you emotional support. You can play with them when you are around. It is also said that people who have pets tend to stay happy most of the time.

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Start a exercise routine.
Having a regular workout routine not only keeps you healthy and fit, but it also keeps your mood elevated. You might not feel like doing it initially when you are already sad and feeling lonely but after a few days you will definitely notice a change in your mood. You will feel more active and alive.

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Try going on a trip.
Have you been planing on going on a solo trip since a long time but never got the time or guts!!!
Take that trip now. Find an affordable place you want to go, pack your bags and just go.
Even if you don’t like going alone, now a days lots of trip organizers are available online. They arrange trips for group of people who want to go on trips but with security and affordable plans. Its a great way to make new friends as you will be meeting lots of new people there.

Last but not the least, try enjoying your own company. It will really help you grow within yourself. I hope all the above points might be of some help to people out there who are feeling lonely right now.

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Have a great day ahead.

Sayonara!

Pratha Nayak