Why Is Emotional Wellness So Important?
Updated August 28, 2020
Medically Reviewed By: Whitney White, MS. CMHC, NCC., LPC
Psychology Today states that emotional wellness encompasses “an awareness, understanding, and acceptance of [one’s] emotions.” The publication also goes on to state that effectively dealing with changes and challenges goes hand-in-hand with emotional wellness. It also without saying that emotional wellness, or the lack thereof, impacts how you move through the world and what the quality of your mental health looks like.
Are You Emotionally Healthy?
In the best of worlds, each person would be emotionally well and able to successfully navigate through life’s challenges. Sometimes, determining your level of emotional wellness is easier said than done.
If you’re not sure about whether or not you’re emotionally healthy, then there are definitely some pointers you can keep an eye out for. The following details should help you determine whether or not you should work to improve your emotional health.
Feeling Good About Yourself
Everyone has their good days and bad days. With that being said, a critical part of emotional health is feeling good about yourself. Part of feeling good about yourself means making smart and well-thought-out decisions. Emotionally healthy individuals who feel good about themselves also look out for their psychological wellbeing and go after what they want.
If you frequently struggle with self-esteem issues and struggle to feel good about yourself, this is an indicator that you still have room for progress on your emotional health. Don’t let this make you feel bad, though. Everyone has areas where they can improve in life; sometimes, those areas in need of improvement pertaining to emotional health or other parts of life.
Handling Stress In Constructive Manners
Stress, unfortunately, is a part of life. With that being said, how you handle stress can speak volumes about your emotional health. One of the most significant indicators of emotional wellness is responding to stress in constructive and advisable manners. This is often easier said than done, which is why this particular factor is so significant when assessing your levels of emotional health.
Agreeable Reactions From Other People
Feeling good about yourself and handling stress in constructive manners are certainly reliable indicators of emotional health. However, when assessing wellness, emotional health, etc., it’s also important to be mindful of how other people are responding to you. How do they react when you walk into a room? Do the individuals who share your environment seem to enjoy your presence, or does it take a toll on their own emotional wellness?
You cannot control the behaviors or feelings of others, nor should you try to. Nevertheless, your levels of emotional health influence how you interact with other people, hence how you are perceived. Simply being mindful of how others seem to respond to your appearance in an environment can make a difference and provide insight into your emotional wellness.
Four Reasons Why Emotional Wellness Is So Important
Covering some basic ways to assess levels of emotional health and wellness is undoubtedly beneficial. With that being said, it is just as valuable to understand why emotional health is so important. Understanding the importance of being emotionally healthy can increase your likelihood of taking the necessary steps to reach and maintain this type of wellness.
Imperative Factor In Overall Life Success
The American Psychological Association reports that success in your interpersonal relationships and professional life is impacted by emotional health. One of the most common misconceptions about the relationship between success and happiness is that the former is necessary to achieve the latter. On the contrary, people who are emotionally healthy and happy are much likelier to achieve success than their sicker and more miserable counterparts.
Your emotional health impacts how you move through the world and how you deal with others. Likewise, to one extent or another, your interpersonal relationships and professional life will be impacted by levels of emotional wellness, your ability to overcome challenges, and much more. If achieving success in different parts of your life is something that you value, then this is certainly one important reason why emotional health is so important.
Boosts To Your Mental And Physical Health
Emotional health and mental health go hand-in-hand with one another. It’s just a fact of life that people with greater levels of emotional wellness are more likely to thrive mentally. Your feelings and emotions directly impact your health; as a matter of fact, no parts of your health are wholly separate from one another. Whether it’s emotional health, physical health, or mental health, each of these elements is tethered to one another.
The inability to deal with emotions healthily and productively can ripple out and impact you physically. Many of the most severe health issues that people experience can be enabled or worsened by mental or emotional health issues. If you come to the realization that you could benefit from improving your emotional health, there is nothing wrong with this. Coming to this understanding and taking the necessary measures to improve can only help you in the long run.
Stronger Confidence In Who You Are
Emotional wellness can greatly foster or contribute to your levels of confidence in who you are. Ironically, a state of good emotional health is also linked to how you handle difficult situations, explains the National Institutes of Health. Being confident in who you are doesn’t mean that you won’t ever falter or question certain things that are happening around you. However, having confidence in yourself does mean knowing that you have what it takes to overcome tough times or uncertain circumstances.
Good Precedent For The Future
Like other forms of wellness, many of the greatest benefits of emotional health are reaped with consistency. When you regularly maintain emotional health, this sets a very good precedent for the future.
Developing the habit of being in control of your emotions and able to constructively handle stress increases your likelihood of taking these habits into the future. Over time, a positive snowball effect develops where your continued pattern of emotional health maintains on a subconscious level. Our continued actions of today can, and often do, become the habits of tomorrow.
Guarding And Increasing Your Emotional Wellness
Taking the necessary steps to ensure that you are emotionally healthy is never something you should feel guilty about. Your emotional health matters; moreover, anyone who has your best interests at heart will support you in guarding your wellbeing. With that in mind, taking steps to protect your emotional health is always advisable.
Choose Your Company Carefully
The company that you choose to keep in your life will significantly impact your emotional health. People can raise you up or drag you down; this is why it’s so important to be sure that you’re around people who genuinely care for you and have your best interests at heart. One of the best ways to determine the quality of your company (along with their impact on your emotional health) is to consider how you feel when you are around the company you keep.
Live A Balanced Life
Your emotional health and wellness are significantly helped when you live a balanced life. Living a balanced life can help foster emotional wellness by keeping you well-rounded; in many cases, when people lack critical components in their life, the emptiness takes a toll. This can prompt individuals who are struggling to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms; this then creates a vicious cycle that only further wages war on emotional health.
Despite the positive impacts that living a balanced life can have on emotional health, a lifestyle of this manner cannot be achieved overnight. If you believe that certain aspects of your life lack balance, don’t beat yourself up over it. Achieving balance requires time and consistency; there is nothing wrong with taking things day-by-day, and doing the best you can as you go along.
Professional Support For Emotional Wellness And More
Emotional wellness is very critical for reasons already stated; nevertheless, when faced with certain challenges in life, this can complicate the process of reaching or maintaining a state of emotional health. The good news is that despite what you are facing, you are not alone. Help, support, and resources are available. You have the right to know what your options are and then determine which path you believe is best for you.
BetterHelp is immensely proud to offer online therapy. Our online therapy services not only come with countless success stories, but also flexibility, support, and care. Whether you are struggling with emotional health or dealing with another matter altogether, any BetterHelp online therapist will have your back.
Like all things in life, online therapy is a process. Working with an online therapist doesn’t mean that obstacles will vanish into thin air; however, online therapy can give you the necessary tools to overcome the barriers. Furthermore, this type of professional support can assist you in learning more about yourself and understanding the reasons behind dormant issues.
At the end of the day, the decision to take online therapy is one that only you can make. Should you determine that BetterHelp is a good option for you, we will be more than happy to support you and offer guidance on your journey to a brighter future.