What emotional wellbeing means
Emotional wellbeing means lots of things to lots of people – it mostly means you’re able to function on a day-to-day basis and that you feel generally happy. But if you're not feeling happy or able to cope then you might need to spend time improving your emotional wellbeing. In order to improve our wellbeing it's important to be aware of your feelings and what makes you feel that way. And that's why we've put together some tips on emotional wellbeing.
We often forget about our emotional wellbeing – many of us don’t pay much attention to it. There are many things that can affect our emotional wellbeing – from big, life changing events like a death or relationship problems, to small things like being tired. Whatever the reasons for not feeling yourself, there are things you can do to look after your emotional wellbeing.
Recognising what triggers your poor emotional wellbeing
The first step in improving your emotional wellbeing is to recognise your triggers. There's lots of things in your day-to-day life that can trigger your emotional wellbeing negatively. For instance, common triggers include things like stress, loneliness or being in a vulnerable situation. Other triggers are more manageable - like a lack of sleep, exercise or activity.
It's important to notice your feelings and what triggers them - try keeping a journal. After that, have a look through and see if you can identify any patterns.
Being social can help improve our emotional wellbeing - when we isolate ourselves, we feel alone. But by connecting with people you'll feel like you belong somewhere - and you'll have people you might be able to share your feelings with. There are lots of ways to feel like you're part of a community - try making time for people, joining a social group or pursue a hobby. And if you want to try something a bit different, why not check out our volunteering opportunities?
Slow down and take time for you
Sometimes we feel like we need to 'get on with it' or take care of others. But you can’t pour from an empty cup – it’s important to make room to take care of yourself and recharge your batteries. You can try mindfulness exercises and finding a relaxing hobby. You could also do something fun or learn something new. You can also check out the NHS's tips on emotional wellness to find out more. Similarly, there's lots of helpful apps that can talk you through mindfulness and meditation.
And finally, remember you’re not alone and there’s nothing wrong with how you’re feeling. Get in touch with us and we’ll talk it through.