Emotional Health

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Just as important as physical health and mental health to a person’s well-being is emotional health. Emotional health is the way we feel about ourselves and the circumstances that we confront. When we are emotionally healthy, we are able to undergo changes rather peacefully without much undue stress. We can cope with a wide array of emotions without being controlled by the circumstances causing the variation in emotional states. Contrarily, when we are emotionally unhealthy, we will let the circumstances that we are facing control how we feel about ourselves. While we all experience our ups and downs, it is our attitude during the situations in which we find ourselves that could mean the difference between victory and defeat. When our plans do not transpire the way we thought they would, we must still remember to be optimistic and believe that our victory is coming and may be better than we anticipated. We must not allow ourselves to remain stuck in any negative emotions as, when we allow ourselves to dwell in these feelings, it can compromise not only our emotional health but also our other states of well-being, including our physical, mental, and soulful health. The arts are beneficial to emotional health as they often provide people with the courage to embrace their emotions, as well as the strength and optimism necessary to overcome their hardships.

Abuse

When considering emotional health, it is important to understand the toll that abuse and control can take on victims. As abuse and control are aimed at taking away the victims’ power and strength, there are a vast array of detrimental effects which could impact the victims’ well-being. For example, abuse and control often significantly lower the victims’ self-esteems. Additionally, as they also bring about an unstable environment, they can make the victims feel powerless, defenseless, and unsure of how to react to the situation. As victims of control and abuse may be stripped of their self-confidence, as well as trust in humanity, and focus ultimately on surviving despite the conditions that they are encountering, it may be difficult for them to set goals and pursue their passions. It is important for victims to realize that they are not alone, that they possess the inner strength necessary to stand up for themselves and flee their situations, and that they can receive assistance, if needed.

Bullying

When it comes to taking care of emotional health, one of the most important factors is for people to give validity to the way they are feeling. Not only is it important to acknowledge their emotions, but they must also realize that the way they perceive themselves, the situations in which they find themselves, and the world around them is vital to who they are and their growth. Unfortunately, when people are constantly belittled for expressing who they are, it can be difficult for them to maintain a positive outlook. People exposed to bullying may also start to doubt themselves, become unsure of the difference that they can make in the world, and feel defeated. Although nobody should feel like they have the right to dictate how others should feel and put them down for being themselves, bullying is a form of exertion which happens frequently in today’s society.

Closeness

One of the major obstacles that hinders people from cultivating meaningful relationships with others is the fear of being emotionally close to other individuals. There are several reasons why people may be afraid of letting their defenses down and accepting the love of others into their hearts. No matter the cause, the effects associated with a hesitancy to develop close bonds with others are important as they may involve people shutting out others from their lives who could have made them truly happy and been there for them no matter what.

Forgiveness

A significant hindrance which can prevent people from feeling emotionally healthy is the unforgiveness or resentment which builds up within them and inhibits them from pressing forwards towards their goals. It is inevitable that people will encounter others with whom they disagree and whose actions and attitudes they do not condone. Yet, it is imperative that people not allow themselves to focus on the negative as holding resentment may make them feel defeated and trapped within their own thoughts. Letting go of resentment does not mean that the people should accept the situations with which they disagree but, rather, have the willingness to move forwards. While it is okay for people to be upset with certain circumstances, negative situations should never be permitted to overtake people’s thoughts to the point where they lose sight of their own ambitions and their desire to make a positive impact on the world.

Loss

Effectively coping with loss is a daunting task that is necessary for emotional well-being. Although people deal with loss uniquely and in their own timing, loss may have similar effects on those experiencing separation. It is not uncommon for people to feel defeated, lost, and like their world is spinning out of control. Those dealing with loss may also experience stress from having to reestablish their identity without the one from which they have been separated. The severity of the effects associated with coping with loss may significantly depend on such factors as whether the separation was expected and what circumstances brought it about. Regardless of the severity, it is important that people embrace the wide array of emotions that they will encounter and take the time needed to heal.

Peer Pressure

As emotional health requires people to keep their sense of identity within all situations which they encounter, peer pressure is a major obstacle when it comes to people maintaining their well-being because it encourages them to lose sight of who they are and what they stand for. Peer pressure can cause people to feel unstable if they don’t have a strong grip of their identity and may lead them to lose respect for themselves due to committing actions which they are not proud of. While many people try to fit in with the mainstream of society, it is important to note that trends continuously change and swaying back and forth to try to please others may cause people to feel like they are on shaky ground. Consequently, it is always best for people to be themselves and to stay true to their principles despite the words and actions performed by others. It is also vital to recognize that people’s true friends will not abandon them for being their own advocates and that others could decide to leave even if the people being pressured are willing to compromise their convictions and/or safety.

A major component of emotional health is being able to engage in effective relationships. Emotional well-being is dependent on staying strong through the ups and downs of life, as well as maintaining a sense of self-worth, a genuine identity, and a positive outlook. Effective relationships can assist people in accomplishing these tasks as they bring about such positive effects as helping people to stay optimistic, confident in themselves, and secure. On the contrary, ineffective relationships may prove detrimental to people’s emotional well-being as they can result in self-doubt, low self-esteem, and a loss of stability. In order for relationships to be effective, all parties involved must be willing to communicate, trust, and interact with one another throughout the span of the relationship. With effort, compromise, and dedication, relationships may be able to thrive and benefit the individuals involved.