Emotional hygiene is a practice of daily care for your psychological health. Just as you take care of your physical health. This can mean making time to exercise, drink enough water, brush your teeth, get enough sleep and eating your greens. It’s also important to take care of your emotional health.
By not practicing emotional hygiene the body/mind can experience stress, anxiety, irritability, depression, loneliness, pain, and other strong emotions. Your body responds to these emotions which can negatively impact your health. These emotions may cause fatigue, physical aches, and pains, appetite changes, sleep issues, muscle tension. These can lead to an imbalance and unhappy life. However, there is another way and you have the opportunity to change this. Every challenge can be viewed as an opportunity to make small daily adjustments for your psychological health and wellbeing. Just think, if you spent a little time each day taking care of your emotional health like you do your body you could drastically improve the quality of your life by impacting the quality of your thoughts, feelings, and actions. This can lead to healthy ways of managing stress, reduce feelings of overwhelm, increase your feelings of wellbeing, increase your self-esteem and your overall life satisfaction. Let’s elevate your life to even greater heights, shall we? Here’s how.
What Are the Potential Benefits of Emotional Hygiene?
- improved mood
- improved resilience to stress
- increased feelings of happiness
- improved physical and emotional health
- reduced feelings of fear
- improved self-esteem
- new perspectives
- improved quality of life
- improved psychological wellbeing
How Can I Practice Emotional Hygiene?
- Increase self-awareness
- Be intentional with your thinking
- Acknowledge, feel and release feelings that no longer serve you
- Practice relaxation exercises i.e meditation, deep breathing and mindfulness as it calms the mind and quiets the mental chatter
- Communicate your feelings in healthy ways
- Discover what lights you up and spend time doing what you enjoy
- Practice and express gratitude
- Spend time creating and developing positive social connections
- Become aware of your negative thinking and choose to create and focus on thoughts that serve you
- Take action and reduce rumination (replay of negative thoughts)
- If rumination persists consider seeking Professional help for support
When you do notice your negative thoughts – consider asking yourself these empowering questions:
What can I learn from this situation?
What’s another way of looking at this situation?
How can I look at this situation as an opportunity?
Emotionally hygiene takes intentional daily practice. Taking small consistent steps can make a huge impact on the quality of your life and how you feel. Your mind and body are connected. Consider taking a few minutes daily to elevate your life and elevate your mind.