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There seems to be an air of mystery around emotional wellness. When someone asks you how you are doing, does an auto-response pop-up?
Do you really check in with your emotional state or are you used to pushing that awareness aside?
Emotional Part of the Brain
According to science, the emotional part of the human brain/body is called the limbic system, or old mammalian brain. This system is located near the mood and instinct centers of the forebrain and controls emotions such as; fear, anger, pleasure and joy. As researchers work toward understand the emotional body better, they are finding that the connection with the other bodies (physical and mental) are tightly knit. For example, what we eat may have an effect on how we feel and so does what we think.
When negative thoughts or beliefs about ourselves are a regular occurrence, low self-esteem is not far behind. The more we can become aware of these thoughts, analyze and change them toward a more positive and beneficial outcome, the better we’ll begin to feel emotional;y. Pride, happiness, and confidence will start to shine through.
Emotional Wellness and Relationships
Another way in which emotional wellness comes up is in our relationships. Have you ever felt like no one is listening to you or that you are unable to get the support you need? This may relate to not having a fully developed emotional skill set; communication. The way in which we communicate our needs and feelings with the world around us is something that we can practice and develop. This is called emotional intelligence.
According to doctors at helpguide.org, the four characteristics of emotional wellness are self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, and relationship management. Empathy and motivation-building skills are sometimes included in this category as well. These concepts lead us to another key concept of wellness, mental health. Mental health studies have been gaining traction over recent years due to heightened research and the occurrence of illness. Both emotional and mental health tools can be found in the resources listed below.
Improving Emotional Intelligence (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/emotional-intelligence-eq.htm)
Emotional Intelligence Toolkit (https://www.helpguide.org/articles/mental-health/emotional-intelligence-toolkit.htm)
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This article provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this article, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice. Consult your own physician for any medical issues that you may be having.