The emotional dimension recognizes awareness and acceptance and healthy expression
of one’s feelings such as happiness, hope, love, joy, sadness, anger, fear, and/or
stress. Emotional wellness encompasses optimism, self-esteem, and self-acceptance.
It includes the capacity to manage feelings and related behaviors including the realistic
assessment of limitations, development of autonomy, and ability to cope effectively
with stress. Emotional wellness also includes intimacy, independence, and interdependence.
Awareness of and accepting a wide range of feelings in oneself and others is essential
to wellness. It is important to take on challenges, take risks, and recognize conflict
as being potentially healthy. Managing life in personally rewarding ways, and taking
responsibility for one's actions, will help to see life as an exciting, hopeful adventure.
It is better to be aware of and accept these feelings than to deny them, and it is
better to be optimistic in an approach to life than pessimistic.
SHORT VERSION: Emotional Wellness is the process of accepting our worth, creating, recognizing, and expression our feelings, and talking to ourselves in healthy ways. Creating and maintaining a positive, realistic self-concept is also part of this process, as is realistically assessing potential and limitations. Emotional wellness also includes the practice of talking about the categories of feelings-fear, anger, sadness, and joy, and then to select healthy behavioral expressions of those feelings.
Tips for optimal emotional wellness:
1. Tune-in to your thoughts and feelings.
2. Cultivate an optimistic attitude.
3. Seek and provide support.
4. Learn time management skills.
5. Practice stress management techniques.
6. Discover your specific stress relievers.
7. Generalized anxiety resources
8. Accept and forgive yourself.