Emotional/Mental Wellbeing is being aware of and accepting our emotions, rather than denying, suppressing or allowing them to control you. It is also understanding where the emotion(s) are coming from and what may have triggered them in the first place. Emotional wellbeing is being aware of the emotion that’s present, and then being able to create space in which to manage thoughts, behaviors, relationships and/or decisions to deliver a healthy response as opposed to an unhealthy reaction.
If you are a person engaged in the process of emotional wellness, you are willing and able to:
- Arrive at personal choices and decisions based upon the synthesis of feelings, thoughts, philosophies, and behavior.
- Live and work independently while realizing the importance of seeking and appreciating the support and assistance of others.
- Form interdependent relationships with others based upon a foundation of mutual commitment, trust and respect.
- Take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict as being potentially healthy.
- Manage your life in personally rewarding ways, and taking responsibility for your actions.
The Path to Emotional/Mental Wellbeing may involve:
- Awareness of thoughts and emotions
- Being able to re-frame negative thoughts
- Being able to name the emotion
- Creating space between the experienced emotion and thoughts and actions that follow
- Seeking support and expressing emotions in a suitable manner
- Learning non-violent communication
- Conflict resolution
- Accepting mistakes and learning from them
The path may also involve seeking out support from a mental health professional when needed and gathering information in order to make informed, value-based decisions.
Are you engaged in the process of emotional/mental wellness?
Evaluate your own emotional wellness with this brief assessment.
- I able to bounce back from set backs, disappointments and tragedies.
- When I am upset, I have trusted people in my life to talk to.
- I am able to maintain a balance of work, family, friends, and other obligations.
- I have healthy outlets to reduce stress in my life such as exercise, quiet time, deep breathing, etc…
- I able to make decisions with minimal stress and worry.
- I am aware of my emotions and am able to create space to allow for a healthy response.
- I practice accepting my feelings rather than deny, suppress or allow them to control my thoughts and actions.
If you answered “No” to any of the statements, it may indicate an area where you need to improve the state of balance with your emotional/mental wellbeing.
Here are some resources you may consider:
- BCBS Health Coaching
- EAP, MyLifeMatters website (Company password: LSSD1, select Emotional Wellbeing)
- EAP, LifeMatters Consultation Specialist, 800.634-6433
- Mental Fitness Training
- Mindfulness apps: STOP, Breathe, Think, Calm, Headspace, etc…
Other emotional/mental wellbeing assessments you may consider through the EAP, LifeMatters website (company password: LSSD1, select home>assessments):