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Emotional Wellness: What It Is and How to Achieve It


What exactly is emotional wellness?

What does it entail?

When we look at the word wellness, we typically think of physical health, but what about mental and emotional health?

If we aren’t being emotionally well, how can we expect to live our best lives?

It may be time to take an honest look at your emotional wellness and find ways to improve it if necessary. The first step on the path toward emotional wellness starts with awareness of what you truly need to feel emotionally healthy and fulfilled in life.

Let’s start with stress

Stress can impact both our physical and emotional health, so it’s important that we recognize how much stress impacts us and how much we can change. The first step is recognizing the signs of stress; this could be anything from being short-tempered with people to having a hard time sleeping. Stress management is an important part of reaching emotional wellness because if it persists, it will build up in our bodies until the physical effects set in.

Defining Emotional Wellness

With its inclusion in the DSM-5, emotional wellness is now a standard for mental health professionals. Emotional wellness includes recognizing emotions, processing them in a healthy way, and finding ways to handle them appropriately. Stress management is an important part of emotional wellness.

Signs that You Need to Work on Your Own Emotional Wellness

Some signs that you may need to work on your own emotional wellness are

  • irritability
  • sleep disturbances
  • issues in relationships
  • obsessive thinking
  • anxiety
  • depression

The next step is learning stress management skills.

Improving Your Emotional Wellness

Your emotional wellness is the sum of all your thoughts, feelings, reactions, and behaviors when you face any external stimulus. When one or more of these components become unhealthy it may affect your quality of life. Emotions are a form of self-protection that can be either instinctual or learned. For example, you will have an emotional reaction such as anger if someone says something that is not true about you.

Tips for Working Towards Bettering Your Life

Don’t be afraid to give yourself time to heal, take a break, rest and rejuvenate. Surround yourself with people who care about you and offer emotional support when you need it. Remember, you are not alone in this. There are tons of resources for those who would like to work on their emotional wellness.

We recommend Heidi Underwoods new workbook on stress reduction

Learn more about the book here

Final words of Encouragement

Everyone can be more emotionally aware. When we are able to identify how we feel, why we feel that way, and what it means for us, then it’s easier to make decisions based on our own needs. By increasing emotional wellness, you’ll have more energy for the things you want out of life.