Improve your emotional well-being by self care.

How you feel directly affects your ability to carry out everyday activities, your relationships, and your overall mental health. Emotional wellness is the ability to successfully handle life’s stresses and adapt to change and difficult times.

In today’s extraneous circumstances, we keep on juggling between work, family, friends and most challenging being personal decisions. To keep your sanity intact, one must keep self-care as an integral part of thriving emotionally, mentally, and physically. A set of self-care practices can help improve the ability to manage and process our emotions, paying attention to mental and physical fatigue, faced with new challenges like navigating your way out of a pandemic.

Listed below are tips on how to improve emotional and mental wellbeing using self-care strategies.

◙   Build Social Connections

Social connections might help protect health and lengthen life. Scientists are finding that our links to others can have powerful effects on our health—both emotionally and physically. Whether with romantic partners, family, friends, neighbors, or others, social connections can influence our biology and well-being.

◙   Get Quality Sleep

You often end up sacrificing sleep in order to fit in everything there is to be done in a day. But sleep affects both mental and physical health. It’s vital to your well-being. When you’re tired, you can’t function at your best. Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and focus better. Take steps to make sure you regularly get a good night’s sleep.

◙   Take Out Some Time to be Technology-Free

Taking time to decompress away from technology is essential for self-care. Not only does it give your mind a break from the stimulus, but it also helps you sleep well. Proper sleep hygiene requires stopping any technology use about an hour before bed to help get the body and mind ready to rest.

◙   Brighten Your Outlook

Experts say that people who are emotionally well, have fewer negative emotions and are able to bounce back from difficulties faster. This quality is called resilience. Another sign of emotional wellness is being able to hold onto positive emotions longer and appreciate the good times. Everyone feels stressed from time to time. Learning healthy ways to cope with stress can also boost your resilience.

◙   Invest in a Joyful Activity

Try something new that increases feelings of joy and allows you to step away mentally from what else might be going on around you. Even if you feel like you do not have enough time, or you may not need to learn new things, there are lots of different ways to bring learning into your life. Consider signing up for a course at a local college. You could try learning a new language or a practical skill. You should do something that brings you some real joy, a passion that's all yours and that no one can take from you.

◙   Pay Attention to the Present, be Mindful.

The concept of mindfulness is simple. This ancient practice is about being completely aware of what’s happening in the present, of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you. It means not living your life on ‘autopilot.’ Becoming a more mindful person requires commitment and practice. Being mindful can help you enjoy life to the most and understand yourself better. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges.

◙   Learn to Say No & Refrain From Overextending Yourself.

If you try to do more than you can handle, you will only end up frustrated and stressed out. If someone asks you to do something you absolutely can't do, say no! At the very least, ask for help. And if you can't do it, explain why firmly. Nurturing your mind is as important as nurturing your body, and it will make you better able to handle whatever life throws at you.