“My mind is a center of Divine operation. The Divine operation is always for expansion and fuller expression, and this means the production of something beyond what has gone before, something entirely new, not included in past experience, though proceeding out of it by orderly sequence of growth.” ~ Thomas Troward
The winter months can be tough. From holiday cheer hangovers to the winter blues, there are many reasons people feel a little down this time of year. Emotions are how you feel at any given time. From happiness to sorrow, for better or worse, we are able to explore a wide variety of emotions—sometimes at the same time.
It has been estimated that the average person has sixty thousand separate thoughts a day. It is noisy and busy, with new visiting ideas every second or so. The sage, Yogananda says that the mind is like an unruly child. Each and every day many of yesterday’s thoughts cycle back around, as do opinions about tomorrow or anything else about the future. You need to vigilantly take care of these thoughts regularly, clearing negative energies, sweeping up unworthy behaviors, and cleaning insecure ideas.
Being emotionally well involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative. Emotional Wellness implies the ability to be aware of and accept our feelings, rather than deny them, have an optimistic approach to life, and enjoy life despite its occasional disappointments and frustrations.
Do you treat others well? Viewing other people with compassion and treating them with kindness is a hallmark of your own well-being. You’ll lend a hand to someone in need — even if it’s as simple as returning a lost wallet to the front desk of a hotel lobby, or smiling and making friendly conversation with the person standing next to you in line.
Do you like who you are? When you’re emotionally healthy, you generally feel pretty good about who you are. You know yourself — foibles, quirks, and strengths and you’re okay with what’s inside. You’re able to be genuine with yourself and others. You feel like you’re living the life you want, not living the life that others want you to have.
Another sign of emotional wellness is that you embrace your emotions — sadness, anger, anxiety, joy, fear, excitement — as a natural and healthy part of life. You handle and acknowledge your difficult feelings without becoming overwhelmed by them or by denying that your emotions exist. You know it’s normal to have periods of stress, you know how to manage and express yourself when you feel upset, and you know who you can go to get comfort or help.
Stress can damage both emotional and physical wellness. Find an outlet to manage your stress. For some, a workout helps alleviate daily stress. For others, a hobby helps keep them calm. Massage, guided relaxation, therapy dogs, yoga, and t’ai chi are just some of the resources available for stress management.
When considering wellness, people tend to think of physical activity or nutrition first. But your emotional well-being is a crucial part of your overall health. Feelings are hard for some people to express and talk about. Being aware of what you are feeling can help you to channel your emotions into productive, positive feelings. Achieving emotional balance lays the foundation for total body well-being.
We don’t need scientific evidence to prove or disprove it, the fact is, our mind is like Grand Central Station. It is noisy and busy, with the door opening and shutting with a new visiting thought every second or so. Be practical about your responsibilities and what you can feasibly accomplish. Set realistic goals and priorities, and tackle what needs to be done first. Don’t forget to reserve time for your own needs too!
- Avoid use of alcohol, cigarettes, and other drugs which decreases the mind activity directly to emotions.
- Communicate with people around you and join social programs.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff.
- If you have harmed someone with words then promptly address it.
- Let your mind wander and daydream.
- Make time for stillness and meditate.
- Pursue meaning over pleasure.
- Read to help keep your brain sharp.
- Try to avoid stress, practice self-respect.
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