Issue 1 Introduction to Emotional Wellbeing
Emotional wellbeing is the ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions. It is defined by the Mental Health Foundation as:
‘A positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life, combined with the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.’
It is important to understand that our emotional health is connected to, and influenced by, our physical, spiritual, social, and mental resilience. By looking after these, you nurture your emotional wellbeing, so be sure to:
- Look after yourself! Eat a healthy and varied diet, get enough sleep, and take regular exercise– we know from the research that the #1 thing you can do to boost physical resilience is to NOT SIT STILL– every second that you are not sitting still, you are actively improving the health of your heart, lungs and brains, which means that your body can withstand more stress and heal itself faster.
- Get involved in your school and community, be thankful, and connect with people who matter to you – you actually gain strength from interacting with your friends, family, neighbours, community and a great way to boost social resilience is gratitude – touch is even better – shaking someone’s hand for 6 seconds raises the level of oxytocin in the bloodstream, which is the trust hormone – that means you are bio medically primed to like and want to help each other.
- Challenge yourself and set small goals – this gives you mental focus, discipline, and willpower – and willpower (or grit) works like a muscle; the more you exercise it the stronger it gets, so setting yourself even small challenges and following them through is a scientifically validated way to boost your willpower and mental resilience!
- Be gentle with yourself, help others, and… laugh! You have the ability to evoke powerful, positive emotions like curiosity or empathy or love when you need them. If you can manage to experience 3 positive emotions for every one negative over the course of an hour, a day, a week – you can dramatically improve your health and ability to successfully tackle any problem. This is called the 3 to 1 positive emotion ratio.
Give it a go and stay tuned for the next issue
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it”
Charles R. Swindell