Many of us know we are led by our emotions; they dominate our actions and reactions, even though we don’t want them too. I have always thought of myself as a very logical person, able to control my emotions while making beneficial decisions, however, no matter how logical I may be I always ‘feel’ and if I try to deny my feelings or suppress them they have a way of expressing themselves in a less than positive manner.
Mental and emotional health should be our lifelong goal because with it we can find joy and peace, be happier, have healthier relationships, give and receive love and, most importantly, love ourselves. Obviously, there is not a way to ignore a negative experience or replace it with positive emotions, but we can prevent the negative from taking over, bringing us down and making us a victim.
When we experience divorce, we are consumed with negative thoughts, unanswered questions, and unwanted feelings. These thoughts can destroy our self-worth, health and rob us of our future hope. During rough times you need to find your safe haven; a place where you can lose yourself, even for a short time, and focus on the positive. A safe haven can be a song, place, book, prayer, meditation, hobby, etc.; whatever it is it provides you with an escape from what is troubling you.
We shouldn’t crawl into a hole and avoid the problems in our lives; instead, we should learn to manage our emotions in such a way that we never forget the big picture. Having good mental and emotional health directly affects the quality of your life. Without it, people may turn to self-destructive behavior such as; drugs, alcohol, dysfunctional relationships and a victim mentality. This is not the life God intended for us to live and He has a plan for us.
Improve Your Mental and Emotional Wellbeing
By having good mental and emotional health, you will attract others to you and gain the flexibility to deal with challenges that come your way. One of the best ways to improve your emotional health is to surround yourself with others that have a positive self-esteem. As humans, we tend to feed off one another, and if you develop positive relationships, you will learn some of the tools needed to improve your mental wellbeing. Additional tips include; smiling, taking time out for yourself, getting physically active, eating healthy, positive self-talk and never forgetting that God is in control.
We all go through struggles that may make us question who we are, where God is or what this life is for but never let those thoughts and feelings consume your life. Learn to enjoy and live in the moment – don’t forget to laugh!
- At the height of laughter, the universe is flung into a kaleidoscope of new possibilities. ~Jean Houston
- Even if there is nothing to laugh about, laugh on credit.
- Laughter is God’s medicine. Everybody ought to bathe in it.