One important reason for poor emotional health is a basic misunderstanding of what our feelings and moods actually are. In truth they are a chemical reaction to the many hormones all of us are producing at any given moment. Sometimes this is triggered by our reaction to what’s happening in our lives; and sometimes it’s just the body doing its thing.
But many of us find our feelings and moods overwhelming. If we think of them as real, rather than a passing chemical moment, then they seem to be instructions from within us.
This is unhealthy.
A lack of self-compassion means that we waste energy and emotional resources criticising ourselves.
Many people who instinctively show kindness and consideration to other people, find it hard to do the same to themselves. But the simple truth is that it isn’t possible to show others compassion until we practice being gentle and forgiving to ourselves.
We aren’t meant to be perfect – and it would be very boring if we were!
high levels of emotional health
is about keeping us as happy, content and focussed as we would like.
Doing regular exercises that maintain and improve our emotional wellbeing will makes us emotionally healthy.