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These 14 hacks from a psychologist will help you manage your emotional well-being

Published on:15 September 2020, 18:43pm IST
Learning how to manage your emotions and focusing on your emotional well-being can help you navigate life better. These tips from a psychologist can help you take care of your emotional health.
Dr Ishita Mukerji
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Peer inside to take stock of your emotions. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

We all experience different emotions throughout the day. Emotions are a part and parcel of our life. Emotions are feelings or inner voice that can run our lives; the glue that keeps us together or the force that can ruin things at times. Emotions are neither bad nor good, just desirable or undesirable ones.

Emotional wellness means self-care, unwinding, and reduction of stress. It is essential to be mindful of both good and negative sentiments and have the option to see how to deal with these feelings. This give us the ability to grow using the learnings from our experiences.

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Here’s why taking care of your emotional well-being is important
Being emotionally well doesn’t mean that you have to be cheerful all the time. It implies that you’re mindful of your feelings. You can manage them, regardless of whether they’re positive or negative.

Everyone faces pressure, outrage, and bitterness—but an individual who is emotionally healthy learns to deal with their negative sentiments. Because being emotionally well means being able to manage, cope and use your emotions effectively in a better and productive way. It helps you gain a personalized perspective to every circumstance and bounce back from setbacks.

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Emotional exhaustion is what happens when you’ve been stressed for a really long time. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Here’s how you can manage your emotional well-being

1. Self acceptance: The initial step to being happy is to acknowledge yourself in all perspectives, physically, emotionally and mentally.

2. Ask for help: If you are suffering from emotional distress, it’s okay to ask for help. If you think you are unable to manage your emotions, relationship with self and others, talk to an expert so they can help you sail through it.

3. Manage stress: Learn relaxation methods to cope with stress. These could include deep breathing, meditation, and exercise.

4. Stay positive: Focus on the good things in your life. Forgive yourself for making mistakes and forgive others. Spend time with healthy, positive people.

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5. Self-reflection: Whenever sitting idle, reflect upon your feelings, emotions and introspect upon yourself and know what you feel and want.

6. Keep boundaries: Once you have self introspected, try and set boundaries. Know what and how others react to certain circumstances. Hence, learn and keep distance, to protect your own space.

7. Be aware of your emotions and reactions: Notice what in your life makes you sad, frustrated, or angry. Try to address or change those things.

8. Appropriate depiction of feelings: Let people close to you know when something is bothering you. Keeping feelings of sadness or anger inside adds to stress. It can cause problems in your relationships and at work or school.

9. Think before you act: Give yourself time to think and be calm before you say or do something you might regret.

10. Take care of your physical health: Exercise regularly, eat healthy meals, and get enough sleep. Don’t abuse drugs or alcohol. Keep your physical health from affecting your emotional health.

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11. Savour moments: Catch sight of the beautiful. Be aware of the world around you, whether you are walking to work, eating lunch or talking to friends. Appreciate what matters to you.

12. Never stop learning: Try something new. Rediscover an old interest. Sign up for a course. Take on a different responsibility at work. Learn to play an instrument or how to cook your favourite food.

13. Show gratitude: Do something nice for a friend or a stranger. Thank someone. Smile. Volunteer your time.

14. Get quality sleep: Sleep effects our mental and physical health, when tired the functioning gets low. Take at least eight hours of sleep to function better.

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Dr Ishita Mukerji Dr Ishita Mukerji

She is a senior psychologist at Kaleidoscope, a mental wellness centre part of Dr. Bakshi''s Healthcare. She is a Silver Medalist and Ph.D Psychology from Amity University. She gathered rich experience in the field while working with prestigious organizations and institutions such as schools, hospitals, clinics and Corporates and has more than 9 years of experience in the field of relationship counselling, marriage counselling, family counselling, geriatric counselling, child counselling, life skill training, employee wellness training and building psychology based programs. She has published 6 psychological research papers at both Indian and international conferences and journals.