“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones”. Proverbs 17:22
Emotional well-being is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.
A useful definition of emotional well-being is offered by the Mental Health Foundation: “A positive sense of well-being which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.”
As you achieve emotional balance, you are able to identify your heart’s desires, take positive action, and make changes in your life.
With emotional well-being, you can experience:
- Healing – from stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and other issues.
- Change – to transform unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving.
Someone who is emotionally healthy:
- Understands and adapts to change
- Copes with stress
- Has the ability to love and care for others
- Can act independently to meet his or her own needs
How Do You Achieve Emotional Well-being?
- Keep expectations of yourself and others realistic
- Develop realistic goals and set out to achieve them, one day at a time
- Learn to accept the changes in your life
- Release the anger and the resentments
- Take responsibility for yourself
- Choose to be a good friend to yourself
- Learn to laugh
- Take good care of your body
- If you are experiencing emotional difficulty, talk to someone.
Feeling depressed or anxious is not shameful, but it is a shame to refuse to get help. Treatment is effective. People can recover from mental disorders and lead full, productive lives.
However, please note:
It is not wise to look to ourselves and study our emotions. If we do this, the enemy will present difficulties and temptations that weaken faith and destroy courage. Closely to study our emotions and give way to our feelings is to entertain doubt and entangle ourselves in perplexity. We are to look away from self to Jesus.
(Ministry of Healing, page 249, Ellen G. White).
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Jonnelle R. O’Connor