Emotional hygiene is a practice of daily care for your psychological health. Just as we take care of our physical health whether that’s making time to exercise, drink enough water, brushing our teeth, getting enough sleep and eating our greens, it’s also important to take care of our emotional hygiene.
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 and can lead to imbalance and an 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 an adjustment for the greater good for your life. Just think, if you spent a little time each day taking care of our 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, 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 resilience to stress
-increased feelings of happiness
-improved physical and emotional health
-reduced feelings of fear
-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 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 3 empowering questions:
What can I learn from this situation?
What’s another way of looking at this situation?
How can I look at this situaton as an opportunity?
Emotionaly hygiene takes intentional daily practice. Taking small consistent steps can make a huge impact in the quality of your life and in how you feel. Your mind and body are connected. Consider taking a few minutes daily to elevate your life and elevate your mind. #Elevateyourlife