Protecting Your Emotional Well-Being
Your emotional well-being is just as important to your success as is your physical well-being. Since our thoughts, feelings, and actions are all interconnected, it is integral to take steps to protect your emotional health to prevent and manage stressors. That’s where self-care comes in. Oxford Dictionary defines self-care as “the practice of taking an active role in protecting one’s own well-being and happiness, in particular during times of stress.”
Self-care can come in many forms, including:
- Setting healthy boundaries and learning when to say no to things that interfere with your needs or cause you more stress.
- Scheduling “me” time into your week by setting aside short bouts of time during which you can de-stress and do something you enjoy.
- Naming your emotions and learning your triggers: sometimes awareness and identification of emotions can help you manage them on the spot.
- Taking care of yourself physically by getting adequate sleep, exercising regularly, and limiting alcohol and substance use.
- Managing stress in a way you enjoy. Exercising, getting outdoors, and mindfulness practices are all great options.
- Disconnecting from devices and connecting with other people. There is a growing body of research showing that the amount of time spent on social media and devices can negatively affect your mood.
- Managing your time. Sometimes we can be our own worst enemy when it comes to stress. If we don’t manage our time well, we can create more stress for ourselves.
- Improve your resiliency and aim for a positive attitude. Practicing gratitude and other strategies[link to Bouncing Back] can help.