Taking care of emotional and mental wellness is often considered to be the same thing. While mental health is regarded as emotional, psychological, and social wellbeing and emotional health is considered more about being in tune with your emotions. Being able to recognize your emotions as they happen and deal with them in a way that promotes a healthy result. The importance of emotional and mental health tends to be still overlooked in western culture. So, although they are not the same thing, they often go hand in hand.
One of the most effective ways to help improve both your mental and emotional wellness is by practicing self awareness and self care. If you are unable to look after your own needs and ensure your caring for yourself in a healthy and positive way it can be very challenging to maintain a healthy mindset and not become overwhelmed.
From a young age, children are told not to cry or that they are okay. This failure to acknowledge physical or emotional pain in a healthy way that teaches children to understand their feeling instead of masking them is, in my belief, a reason why many people struggle with emotional self-regulation as adults and even mental health issues. For many, the day-to-day pressure of life can often seem like too much, and people find themselves turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms such as drugs and alcohol, impulsive behaviors as a means to manage the weight of the world. These harmful coping mechanisms can often lead to much more severe issues such as problems created within a family dynamic, financial burden, or bouts of anxiety and or depression.
Our lives have become so busy, and the world seems overconnected but out of touch with each other. With the amount of technology that we have at our disposal, we seem to be losing touch with communicating in present interaction with one another. I believe this is one reason why so many people are suffering from problems such as mental health and addiction, feeling lost and hopeless. People have become so connected to distractions that they have lost the ability to connect with people or themselves on an emotional level.
The sooner we accept that perfection doesn’t exist we can begin to breathe a little easier. The things that cause us stress will always be there in some form or another. Sometimes, when a person feels helpless or without control they can fall into unhealthy routines and find themselves out of touch with their authentic nature. If these feelings are not dealt with in a healthy way they can lead to emotional instability, substance abuse, depression, and harmful coping mechanisms
By understanding that whatever is upsetting us, causing us frustration, or even pain will eventually pass, we allow ourselves to live how we are supposed to, in this moment. If you are willing to put in the effort for yourself and the situations that occur in your life you can take pride in the fact that you are showing up for yourself. You are showing up to participate in your life without making excuses or allowing that which is outside of your control to control how you live.