Before I get into the 'why', it's probably a good idea for me to quickly get into the 'what'.
As in - what is emotional wellbeing?
Well, emotional wellbeing is simply the level of emotional health an individual has.
Emotional wellbeing is dependent on a multitude of different factors e.g., our childhood, physical health, socioeconomic status...
The more positive your past experiences were, the higher your level of emotional wellbeing will be.
The higher the level of emotional wellbeing you possess the happier and healthier you will be (both physically and mentally).
What's really important to realise is that your level of emotional wellbeing is not static.
This means that regardless of everything that's happened in your past you never know what tomorrow might bring and therefore can't guarantee you will be OK.
ecause of this, it's super important that no matter who you are, what you've experienced and what you have right now in your life, you are proactively doing things to safeguard your future emotional wellbeing.
You need to be doing something every day which will keep your emotional wellbeing 'topped up' for those times when life is hard - because let's be honest, life can be really hard sometimes.
If you're not proactively supporting your emotional wellbeing then when things get tough your mental and physical health with decline.
This isn't a 'maybe'.
Without a high level of emotional wellbeing you really will get ill.
You could develop a mental health condition like depression, anxiety or even schizophrenia.
You may even develop a physical health condition like cancer, heart disease or type 2 diabetes.
But, more than likely, you'll develop both a mental health condition and a physical health condition.
There's no 'hard and fast rule' about which one you'll get, or in which order.
There is however, enough empirical research out there to show it will happen.
Have you ever heard the saying about London buses?
The one where 'you wait ages for a bus and then two turn up at once'.
The trouble is that mental and physical health conditions are much like London buses.
Once you get one, then you get another one, and another one, and another one...
Its nuts, but you really just seem to start collecting them.
Realistically there is a logical explanation for this.
The more your health declines, the harder it is for your body and mind to fight of what's coming next and so instead it just succumbs to more and more difficulties.
Now, further up I said that emotional wellbeing isn't static which on the surface may seem quite scary.
But, what's really good news is that it really doesn't matter where you are on the emotional wellbeing scale right now - you have the power to change it.
You have the power within you to climb back up, shed all your physical and mental ill health and get back to being happy and healthy again.
The first thing you have to do to get there is believe you can.
Did you know less than 1% all disease (mental or physical) can be definitively linked to genetics?
97% of disease is linked to stress.
When your body is in a state of stress it's like a breeding ground for physical and mental health nasties.
By truly understanding this important fact and not brushing it off as 'woo woo' nonsense you will have already started your journey back to full health.
If you're interested in finding out more about this then just google the word epigenetics.
There's a great guy called Bruce Lipton who has been talking and researching this topic for over 20 years and thankfully he turns quite complicated science into plain English.
But for now, stick with the post and just have faith in what I'm saying.
Belief is the most important thing because without it you will never seek to change anything.
If you are under the impression life is the way it is and nothing can change then why would you even attempt to make changes?
Why would you even bother getting out of bed?
I know I wouldn't.
Don't get me wrong some days I don't.
Some days, life is so hard that getting out of bed and facing everything is just so impossible.
But, that's just a few days.
Most days are miraculous.
The majority of the time life is wonderful.
However, if you have low levels of emotional wellbeing you just can't see the miracles.
You just don't notice the wonder.
Everything seems dark.
So, I'm going to help you.
I have a really simple daily task for you.
Every night before bed pick one thing that was wonderful.
Whether it was the meal you ate, the flower you saw, or the great conversation you had with a family member...
Write it down.
Spend just 5 minutes thinking about the event and bring forward all the positive feelings you felt during that time.
Really go to town by plastering a smile on your face.
Then go to sleep.
Writing it down is super important because it will enable you to have an arsenal of 'great' times to remind yourself about when life is hard.
Felling the positive emotions is super important while thinking about the event because this will help to imprint it into your memory.
Good luck and don't forget to let me know how it goes.
Catch you soon - Katie.
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Katie Woodland - A developmental, and holistic psychologist who specialises in educating and empowering individuals, business leaders & school teachers to remove mental health as a barrier to success.
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