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Emotional Wellness

Emotional Wellness

Emotional wellness includes being self-accepting, self-aware and able to handle your emotions constructively.
Some signs of emotional wellness include:

  • The ability to identify and express your feelings where needed
  • Managing your emotions in a way that maintains your flexibility and poise during challenges, conflicts, and other potentially destabilizing situations

What does “Emotional Wellness” mean?

  1. Emotional Wellness is emotional self-awareness and acceptance of one’s emotional reactions:

Self-awareness means knowing yourself and your environment, so that your emotional reactions match the circumstances that trigger them. It’s normal to feel agitated by a colleague’s annoying gum chewing habit, but getting angry to the point of wanting to harm your colleague may be a sign that your emotional responses are out of your control.

Acceptance means letting yourself experience your emotions without ignoring them or feeling guilt or shame. Often, Service members wishing to save face in front of their peers may believe repressing emotions is the right way to handle grief, anger, or embarrassment. Not so!

  1. Emotional Wellness means having the ability to bounce back when emotions take a negative turn and effectively cope with stress:

Bouncing back from negative emotions, like sadness, grief, fear and other classifications of emotional pain, doesn’t mean recovery happens overnight. Emotionally resilient individuals are active participants in their own recovery, thinking positively and seeking help as time heals their emotional wounds.

Coping with stress effectively can be a challenge for Service Members, but it can also be a learned skill in maintaining emotional equanimity during stressful situations. Making conscious decisions to meditate, exercise, turn to friends and family for support, develop effective problem-solving skills, or keep a journal are effective stress management strategies.

  1. Emotional Wellness means making positive choices and fostering positive relationships:

Making positive choices is one of the simplest expressions of emotional wellness. Individuals who make positive choices act in accordance with their well being, resisting the extra drink at the bar at the end of a stressful day, talking to their spouse about troubling thoughts, or just choosing to pursue optimism instead of pessimism.

Positive Relationships signify an emotionally well individual because having good friends and family means cultivating mutual care and understanding with others, creating a support network, and avoiding those who may send you down a negative path. Remember: a true buddy will build you up – not knock you down!

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