Mental and emotional health intertwine with each other and one depends a great deal on the other. Mental health has been described as “a state of well-being in which the individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and fruitfully, and is able to make a contribution to his or her community” by the World Health Organization according to Wikipedia. The CDC says this about mental and emotional health, “Mental health is an important part of overall health and well-being. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make healthy choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.” This section of our healthy lifestyles website will explore ways to help us do that in a positive and productive way. Emotional health, closely tied to mental health, is associated more with a variety of thoughts, feelings and behavior. The French word ‘émouvoir’, is where our English word ‘emotion’ comes from. This word, ‘émouvoir’, comes from the Latin ‘emovere’, where e-, a variant of ex-, means ‘out’. With out the e-, or movere, means ‘move’, hence our English related term, ‘motivation’. This information, along with the rest of the article that discusses this, is found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emotion. Again, this section of our healthy lifestyles website will focus on ideas and ways to keep our thoughts, feelings and behavior positive and productive.
Part of our emotional and mental health depends on how we react to situations. Keeping positive in when negative things are going on around us is important, and sometimes not so easy. It’s especially important to help children find the positive in the midst of negative. My friend, Robin Kanstul’s latest blog talks about that. Since she shares the same love of cats that we do, her blogs center around her cats. Read about “A Most ‘Pawsitive’ Opportunity”, and look for her books.
Our perception of ourselves and situations and things around us have a profound effect on our feelings and mental state of mind. If we think too much of ourselves, we may not be willing to help others in certain situations because we feel its beneath us, or it’s not our job. There is a saying I’ve had on my refrigerator for years. It is, ” If you’re too big for small jobs, you’re too small for big jobs.” Every job is important.
Laughter and a light heart are healthy — good for us. Laughter is a powerful and positive emotion, and a universal language. This is not necessarily ‘funny’ laughter, but the ability to see humor in our situation – and that doesn’t mean making light of it, but rather seeing the ‘whole’ picture. That means a boost to the immune system. There are different forms of ‘laughter therapy’ meant to approach different situations and problems and there are some which deal in issues as diverse as sexual abuse, emotional distress, anger, trauma, boredom and even cancer.
Touch and Body Language
The value of touch and body language in communication and business is well-documented. It can relay powerful messages and is essential for interpersonal communication. Use it wisely for mental and emotional health.
Below are some resources.
Nutrition Based Therapy
Vitamins and minerals play a huge part in our mental and emotional health. If there is an imbalance, it can cause many symptoms. When you look for supporting supplements, choose those that contain herbs, plants and vitamins, such as St. John’s Wort, Vitamin B-12, Folic acid, etc. They are easier on your system in the long run than harsh chemicals.
HOW WE LOOK AFFECTS HOW WE FEEL ABOUT OURSELVES
When we take the time to look clean, well dressed, and well groomed, we feel better about ourselves. This includes making sure our clothes are in good taste, well arranged, neat, clean, pressed and fit. Wearing clothes that are too tight or too loose can draw undue attention to ourselves which can lead to self-consiousness and low self-esteem.
Resources:Facing Illness With a Sense of Humor, Awake, 4/22/2005, p. 26Helpful Links
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