Hey people with emotions,
What is emotional health? Emotional health “focuses with being in tune with our emotions, vulnerability, and authenticity” (Lamothe, 2019)
You can’t always tell how people are feeling just by looking at them or what they share online. People project and display a different life to people.
Think of it this way, we all have a persona that we show people day to day, we don’t share our upmost inner self. When we go to school we may act happy and be interacting with our friends, but what goes on in our head? Can people see what is going on in your head? No! They can only see the physical projections we show. So while someone may be projecting happiness and hanging out with their friends, deep inside they might be battling some inner demons. Whether that be some rough things at home, or if they are feeling anxious, depressed, etc. The point is that people don’t always project what is truly going on in their head. I know for myself, most of the time I am anxious, but my exterior does not always present that.
Just like physical health we all have emotional and mental health. Feeling angry, sad, stressed and frustrated are all part of life just like feeling happy, excited, and confident. We all have positive and negative emotions that come and go. Having good emotional health doesn’t mean that you have to be happy all the time. Healthy emotional health is about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs that are thrown at you in day-to-day life.
Right now, what are you feeling? Do you know what you are feeling? Happy? Sad? Confused? Angry? Anxious?
It’s okay not to know what you are feeling. Sometimes people can’t express what they are feeling, they just can’t pin point their emotions. And THAT IS OKAY! We are all human and our brains work in a magical and sometimes very confusing way.
For me sometimes, my body goes haywire and suddenly my palms are sweating, I have a difficult time breathing, and overall feel very antsy. Sometimes I know what is causing my anxiety to act up, sometimes I have no idea. That is ok! I am 100% sure there are adults out there who can’t decipher what their emotions are.
Mental health is important throughout your whole life. It is not once you know how to identify emotions you are good for life. No! It will follow you your whole life. Though identifying your emotions will help assist you. Mental health is just like physical health. Take care of yourself!
Your journey is to see where you are currently and build up from it. Are you confused and not able to identify what emotion you are feeling? Then start there, look at how you can identify your emotions. There are charts like the one shown below to help you identify what you may be feeling. Everyone may be in a different state of mind, but that’s okay! Sometimes people move forward and sometimes people backtrack in their journey of mental health.
We want to make it clear that emotional health is not bad. Emotional health is just what you are feeling. Sometimes you may feel anxious, and though some view it as bad. It is not bad! It is a way your body reacts to survive. Emotional health is amazing!
Being emotionally well is just as important as being physically well. In fact, emotional health can affect your physical health. The Mental Health Foundation reported that people with schizophrenia have a tripled risk of dying from repertory disease and their risk for heart disease is doubles (Ceblogguestpost, 2019). Just how mental health can impact physical health, physical health can also impact mental health.
The American Psychological Association (APA) reported that some benefits of exercising include (Bradley University, 2019):
- lessening anxiety
- Improving mood
- Enhancing mental health
Emotional health is just knowing what is going on in your noggin. The same as knowing what is wrong with your foot. Is your leg hurting? Did you fall? Maybe your leg is broken. Same goes for mental health. Are you feeling antsy? Did something that happened cause your hands to get clammy and your heart to speed up? Maybe you are feeling anxious. Knowing the answers to one simple question can lead you to ask yourself other questions. Which lead you to maybe not a complete answer, but to some comfort and a good sense of direction of what you may be feeling and how you can work with it. Because remember mental health is going to be by your side your whole life, and that is an amazing thing!
So if you ever need anything. We’re here to help. It’s Just Us.
Bradley University. (2019, September 18). How Mental Health Affects Physical Health. Retrieved January 14, 2020, from https://onlinedegrees.bradley.edu/blog/how-mental-health-affects-physical-health/
Ceblogguestpost (2019, July 30). YOUnited Towards Emotional Wellness- Be the Change You Want to See in Our World! Retrieved from https://clubexperience.blog/2018/06/20/younited-towards-emotional-wellness-be-the-change-you-want-to-see-in-our-world/
Fraga J. (2019). Personal interview.
Hutson, N. G. (2012, May 8). Creative arts and support offer chance to break the silence. Retrieved from https://www.newstimes.com/local/article/Creative-arts-and-support-offer-chance-to-break-3537491.php#photo-2895586
Lamothe, C. (2019, June 14). How to Build Good Emotional Health. Retrieved from https://www.healthline.com/health/emotional-health