Emotional Wellness: Slow Down and Live Your Life to the Fullest
Updated: Apr 30
Did you know that unhealed emotions can cause physical symptoms and disease? How many people do you know with upper back pain? Back pain represents feeling burdened and unsupported emotionally, and it also can represent deep-rooted frustration.
And how many people do you know to have lower back pain? Low back pain can be from feeling unsupported financially, wanting to escape a current situation, or ending a relationship. Check out Feelings Buried Alive Never Die by Karol Kuhn Truman.
Negative emotions like fear, stress, shame, guilt, anger and regret are a normal part of life. Sometimes, we struggle with how to deal with them effectively; at other times, we deny that we have problematic feelings. These feelings can bottle up to the point that a person ends up “exploding" or acting out in a harmful way.
To prevent this from happening, let's ask ourselves a question. How often do we sit back and remember if we don't enjoy our lives to the fullest, then what is the purpose behind it?
It's just as important to take time to work on our emotional wellness as it is our physical wellness. Not sure where to start? Here are 4 emotional wellness tips that might be a good fit into your life:
1. Be positive and brighten your outlook
Remember your good deeds
Develop healthy habits. Taking care of yourself, eating healthy, physical activity, and regular sleep can improve physical and mental health
Surround yourself with good people and positivity
Everyone makes mistakes. Don’t be hard on yourself
Remember, “Life happens for you, not to you”
2. Be mindful
Being mindful means not living your life on “autopilot.” It means being completely aware of what’s happening in the present moment, of all that’s going on inside and all that’s happening around you
Make a gratitude list to help you practice gratitude
3. Get connected by strengthening your social connections
BUT!! Don’t get along just to get along - Embrace your authenticity, be authentic in your interactions
4. Establish boundaries
The pressure from the feeling of having too much to do can cause frustration, anxiety, and stress. Here are some ways to help you establish boundaries:
Have clear priorities to help you distinguish what you are willing to spend your time and energy on
Be prepared to push back when needed
Spend time doing the things you enjoy and help you feel better
Don’t be shy, get comfortable saying no, do not feel like you have to say yes to avoid hurting someone’s feelings
Let's take a deeper look into the positive part of our lives and look at words that describe living life to the fullest:
Delighting in life
Hopefully this blog reminds you to enjoy your life and live it to the fullest!
Written by: Nadya Al Masri, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern