health are often challenging to preserve
in our modern-day, busy
and hectic lives.
To lessen the impact of stressful wear and tear, consider
implementing some of these helpful strategies into your daily
Some of these tips have been also been touched upon in other
articles, however this only underlines their importance.
Maintain good physical health.
This point is so basic it's often overlooked. Our physical
health affects our emotional health much more than we realize. Make
sure to eat well, exercise and get plenty of sleep.
As Virgil said: "The greatest wealth is
Learn to release anger and let go of grudges.
Vent if you have to. Shake it off. Walk it off. Harboring anger
or ill feelings builds emotional toxicity, which ultimately affects
your overall health.
"For every minute you are angry, you
lose sixty seconds of happiness". Anonymous
Look for the hidden message in negative or difficult
situations. Learn from them. Experiencing adversity is meant to
alert you to something or teach you a new skill.
"Life deals you a lot of lessons, some
people learn from them, some people don't." Brett
Keep your brain active.
Don't let complacency or boredom set in. In order to feel
alive and vibrant we need to keep our minds active by learning new
things and challenging ourselves.
"If I had to live my life again I would
have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some
music at least once a week; for perhaps the parts of my
brain now atrophied could thus have been kept active through
use." Charles Darwin
Stimulate your senses.
As well as keeping your mind active, enjoy beautiful
art, listen to music that lifts your spirits or try a new
gourmet dish. Our senses need to be reawakened every now and then
"Man has no Body distinct from his Soul;
for that called Body is a portion of Soul discerned by the
five Senses, the chief inlets of Soul in this age." William
Have fun and don't take yourself too seriously.
in life is important for maintaining emotional health. Too much
emphasis on work causes stress as well as wear and tear on the body
and mind. Take time off; go to the beach, the park or a movie to
take your mind off your current quandaries. Chances are when you
come back you will see things from a fresher, more productive perspective.
"I hope life isn't a big joke, because I don't
get it." Jack Handey
Maintain supportive relationships.
Maintain good relationships with friends
and family for much needed feedback, a shoulder to lean on or a
Often we get so caught up in our own problems and misery we can't
see the forest for the trees. Having an objective pair of eyes and
ears can give you a whole new way of thinking.
"Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of
human beings". Miles Franklin
Donate your old clothes, furniture or items you don't use
anymore to your local Good Will, Salvation Army or charity of your
It will make you feel good, first by helping someone out and
secondly by cleaning out your closets and basements of 'stuff' you
haven't put to use in a long time.
"For it is in the giving that we receive." St.
Francis of Assisi
Take some yoga classes, learn to meditate or incorporate a
relaxation technique into your routine.
Besides having fun and not taking yourself too seriously, it's a good idea to integrate another relaxation strategy into
your routine for those times when life gets somewhat overwhelming.
Having many methods to fall back on ensures emotional well-being.
"If a man insisted always on being serious, and never
allowed himself a bit of fun or relaxation, he would go mad or
become unstable without knowing it". Herodotus
Learn to savor and appreciate the
How many times have we heard that life
is too short? We get so caught up in the whirlwind that we forget to
live in the present moment.
And in those times we're not caught up in the whirlwind, we're
worrying about the future. It's time to slow down and enjoy the
"Life is a memory except for the present moment that goes by
so quickly you hardly catch it going." Tennessee Williams
Take good care of your mental and emotional health. It can
determine the quality and enjoyment of how you experience your