When it comes to signs from your body, you know when things are not working at full speed. A nagging tooth-ache, muscle pain, breathlessness or prolonged coughing, and we know it's time to rush to our doctors. We take efforts to keep our physical wellness in check but do we do so for our emotional wellness too? Do we have signs to know if we are doing well, emotionally? The answer is YES! As our body gives us signs, our mind also tells us about its health. We just need to be a little more vigilant in case of emotional signs.
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Here is a list of 6 signs to follow to know your emotional wellness.
1. You Have A Sense Of Purpose
If you have read the Japanese book Ikigai which talks about the Japanese philosophy of having a purpose in life which keeps you healthy, physically and emotionally, you know that, that's what gives the Japanese a long happy life. So, if you know the purpose of your life it is a good indicator of emotional wellbeing.
2. You Take Care Of Your Physical Health
When you take those efforts to achieve life's purpose by eating healthy, doing physical exercise regularly, quitting on the unhealthy habits and getting 8-hours of sleep regularly you know you are doing it right. Mind and body go hand-in-hand and for one's wellness the other needs to be well too.
3. You Have Learnt To Say No
It does not come very easy for some people to say No. It requires a strong emotional health to make boundaries and not agreeing to everything that others say, without feeling guilty about it. Emotionally healthy people do not seek approval from others or are not weighed down with their opinions about them. So, if you say 'No' without being guilty about it, then it is a sign that you are emotionally well.
4. You Have Good Social Relationships
Emotional wellness is also dependent on your emotional health. Being empathetic towards the people in your life, trying to look at things from their perspective and being able to communicate marks good emotional health and indeed emotional wellness too.
5. You Are Comfortable With Yourself
The most important factor that determines your emotional wellness is how comfortable you are with yourself. It does not mean you are happy all the time, because that is next to impossible, but how well you learn to accept and change the things about you with a positive attitude and self-help which makes you comfortable with yourself.
6. You Have Time For Your Hobbies
Finding the perfect work life balance is very important. And what is equally important is finding yourself time to cultivate a hobby. May it be a painting class or home gardening, finding 'me time' to relax and recharge your mind and body is needed. Emotionally healthy people know its importance.
These are a few of the indicators of emotional wellbeing. However, people with emotional wellness can also have mental illness. Counseling, medication and support groups can help people with mental illness or emotional problems.
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