Tips to Lead a Healthy, Balanced Life
Emotional and Physical Health
Emotional and physical health go hand-in-hand. In fact, studies show the two are closely linked. People who exercise positive emotions often have a healthier weight, lower blood pressure and reduced risk of heart disease.
Thoughts, feelings and behaviors are all factors that contribute to emotional health. “People who are emotionally healthy aren’t constantly happy, but rather they are conscious of their emotions which can help them cope with life’s challenges,” says Rachel Balbas-Go, PIH Health Nurse Practitioner in the Psychiatry Department.
Ways to Improve Emotional Health
Practicing the following habits daily can help maintain or improve emotional health.
Be mindful of emotions. We interact with people on a daily basis and some interactions give us positive responses while others generate negative ones. Though we cannot always avoid negative interactions, it’s still good to be mindful of how they make us feel.
Express how you feel the right way. Be honest and clear when talking about your feelings. Bottling up emotions can cause stress which can lead to health problems.
Think before you speak. Sometimes we may say things in the heat of the moment that we later regret. Instead take some time to calmly think about how you want to express yourself, then respond.
Live a balanced life. Having a balanced life means managing day-to-day activities in a healthy way. Make time to focus on your physical health by working out or preparing healthy meals and spend some meditating or reflecting on the day.
Find your purpose. Discover the things that are meaningful to you and follow a path that is true to your character. You may find purpose in your family, work, volunteering or something different.
Be positive. Shifting your perspective can help you have a positive mindset. When things don’t go as planned ask yourself, “What is this teaching me?” instead of, “Why is this happening to me?” and learn from your mistakes. Additionally, surround yourself with positive people who make you feel good.
When to Seek Clinical Help
“Having a constant feeling of sadness or loss of interest may be a sign that you are experiencing clinical depression which can impact your physical health,” says Rachel. “Some of the symptoms include an alteration in energy level, sleep, attentiveness, appetite, self-esteem or daily behavior.”
If you would like to improve your emotional or physical health, start by scheduling an appointment with a PIH Health doctor at PIHHealth.org/Find-A-Doc and learn about your options.