Tips for Your Emotional Well-being During the Pandemic
We all react differently to stressful situations. Many of us are so good at forging ahead in the face of adversity that we may not recognize the warning signs that our emotional well-being is compromised.
Emotional well-being is vital to people of all age groups. The year 2020, has been a particularly challenging time for everyone’s emotional well-being as it has been the year of much controversy. Now is the perfect time to stop and examine this year’s impact on our lives and find ways to improve our emotional health.
Emotional Well-being and How It Relates to Your Health
Being in good health doesn’t only refer to our physical health. Being in good health also involves our emotional and mental well-being.
But what is emotional well-being?
Simply put, it’s our ability to manage our feelings, both the happy, pleasant ones and the sad, angry, or worrisome ones.
Our emotions can impact our lives in unexpected ways. Some are good and some not so good. Research shows that when we are in a balanced emotional state, learning becomes easier. We are more creative, our productivity increases, and our relationships improve.
Our stress and anxiety levels increase when we are unable to control our emotions. When we are emotionally unbalanced, we are more likely to make bad decisions regarding our health and well-being.
Additionally, emotional stress can weaken our immune system making us more susceptible to viral and bacterial infections and developing chronic illnesses.
That is why learning to deal with emotional stress is so important during these challenging times.
Tips for Improving Our Emotional Well-Being
We live in unprecedented times, and we need to put extra effort into managing our emotions well. Now, emotional well-being doesn’t mean ignoring or avoiding unpleasant or negative feelings. It’s normal to experience feelings of anxiety and sadness, but learning to manage these feelings will help us stay healthy.
Manage Your Expectations
Disappointment is a fact of life. We’ve all experienced times when a situation didn’t live up to what we imagined.
Many of us set unrealistic expectations on how we would manage our time during the lockdown. Working or studying from home doesn’t mean the day has more than 24 hours, so if you didn’t learn a new language, mastered a musical instrument, or read all the books on your nightstand, that’s fine.
Proactively Manage Your Stress
It’s normal to have trouble concentrating and keeping ourselves motivated during stressful times, but this can make us feel anxious. Taking control of small things can help us regain a sense of normalcy and manage our stress.
It all starts by taking better care of yourself. Prioritize sleep, eat well, limit junk food, alcohol, and other indulgences, and stay physically active. Also, remember to reach out to family and friends by calling or video chatting with them often.
Getting enough rest and focusing on our physical well-being will help us clear our minds of negative thoughts and balance our emotions.
Learn to Identify Your Red Flags
Learning to identify the thoughts, physical sensations, and feelings that accompany stress and anxiety is vital.
When you feel stressed, take note of your:
- Thoughts (I can’t concentrate, I am not good at this, nothing will ever change)
- Feelings (sadness, worry, frustration),
- Physical sensations (upset stomach, tension, or jitters)
- Actions (emotional eating or drinking too much alcohol)
When you can identify these red flags, you can actively change your thoughts, control your physical sensations with breathing techniques, and stop yourself from overindulging.
The CDC provides a list of resources and contacts to help you cope with stress and anxiety. Don’t be afraid to reach out; help is available.
Know Where to Go in Case of an Emergency.
Plan for an Emergency
One thing that weighs heavily on our minds these days is our health and that of our loved ones. Knowing you have access to quality emergency care close to home and at an affordable price gives you peace of mind.
That is the mission of Altus Emergency Centers to provide the best care at the best price. We are here for you when you need us most. We work under strict safety and hygienic protocols. Our centers are conveniently located, so you don’t have to travel far to get the medical attention you need.