Posted by: jude49 | May 16, 2013

Tips for Staying Emotionally Fit

Hello Everyone!

Most people consider keeping physically healthy as a “must-do” for their everyday life. I’d like to make a strong appeal for giving time everyday for keeping emotionally healthy. No equipment needed…just a commitment!

Here is a list of what everyone can do to maintain good emotional health. My suggestions include:

  • Food…Ensure that your diet is full of veggies, fruit, natural grains, beans and fish. Avoid fast food, sugary treats and processed food. Shop at local farms and markets where food is fresher (usually less expensive, as well).

  • Drink…Make water your drink of choice. If you like it flavoured, add cucumbers, watermelon, lemons, limes or other fruit of choice. Juicers are a great investment. Store-bought juice is usually full of sugar and preservatives. Avoid alcohol, energy drinks and carbonated drinks.

  • Sleep…Get at least 8 hours off sleep at night. An hour before bedtime, put technology to bed, as well. Avoid watching the late-night news. Instead, listen to calming music, read or journal.

  • Exercise…The cheapest and best exercise is walking. Breathing in the fresh air, listening to the sounds of nature are natural stress relievers.

  • Gratitude…Cultivate an attitude of thankfulness. Count your blessings, name them one by one, and you will be surprised at the abundance already present in your life. Be grateful for every gift, no matter how small you perceive it to be. Continually practicing gratitude strengthens relationships, develops resilience, lessens stress and makes you happier and more positive.

  • Spirituality…People who have spiritual or religious beliefs fare better in handling crises and the everyday ups and downs of life than non-believers. Believing in a power greater than yourself brings hope for the future and the ability to press on despite everyday challenges and overwhelming difficulties.

  • Breathe…In stressful times, people often get so overwhelmed, they often forget to breath. Focusing on following your breath in and out reduces stress and brings you to a place of peace where you can think clearly and respond positively rather than react negatively.

  • Service…Serving others often puts our own problems in perspective. Serving others benefits all concerned and provides a sense of purpose.

  • Connect with Yourself…Take a few minutes each day, preferably in nature or another place of calm and quiet where you can “be” with yourself. Feel your feelings, check in with your thoughts without judging them. Just be… Listen to your inner wisdom. Doing so will connect you to the Divine, center you, help you solve problems, gain perspective, gain new insights and feel re-energized and refreshed.

  • Connection with Others…We are wired to connect with each other. Regular family dinners and outings, time with friends, involment with the community results in feelings of belonging.

  • Routine…A routine is a loving set of expectations that provides structure, safety and security.

  • Stay Positive…At times it’s hard to be positive!  However, there IS a positive in every negative situation, emotion…  Find it and build on it.  As you do, you will find your mood lightening and the negative energy disappearing.  Positivity breeds positivity!

Committing to the above list will go a long way to maintaining good emotional health.  How can you commit to better emotional health?

Judith

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