6 Signs You Are Ignoring Your Emotional Health

Connecting Emotional And Physical Health

Emotional health is vital to our physical and mental welfare. According to The American Psychological Association, emotional health can generate a great deal of success with your health, relationships and in the workplace when managed appropriately, but if left unchecked, your emotional health can also lead to a catastrophic event or series of disastrous episodes in your life. Emotional health provides us with the capacity to readily adapt to change and life stresses.

Unfortunately, there are occasions in which one “bad” episode extends into a lousy day that turns into a bad week which may eventually shove us into emotional distress if we do not solve for its root cause.

Here are six signs you are ignoring your emotional health and may be experiencing early signs of emotional distress.

Poor Sleep Patterns.

Are you having difficulty sleeping at night? The answer is yes if you find that you wake up more than twice a week. Once you rule out any conditions, illness or disease that may be at fault, it may be time to consider your emotional health status.

Poor Eating Habits.

It is natural for some people to turn to food to cope with challenging times. Comfort foods may provide immediate relief, but with time, this practice of binge eating or eating foods high in fat or sugar can create another degree of problems for you including excessive weight gain or illnesses that commonly accompany poor eating habits.

Weight Changes.

For some people, the scale is the tell-tale sign that your body may be dealing with the effects of poor emotional health. Some people will see the scale go downwards while others watch helplessly as the scale climbs in double digits. This activity can be the result of poor diet or elevated cortisol levels in the body.

Gastrointestinal Problems.

Sometimes, our gut is the first indication that something is not quite the way it should be. From unexplained cramping to diarrhea to constipation, our gastrointestinal system may be your body’s way of raising a red flag that you are in emotional distress.

Inexplicable Pain.

Emotional distress may manifest itself in the form of pain.

Mood Swings.

Mood swings may accompany moments of emotional distress in which you may be sad one day and easily angered by the smallest thing. Your mood is not predictable and is disruptive to your fundamental functions.

How Can You Improve Your Emotional Health?

There are multiple tactics that you can deploy to address poor emotional health.

The National Institute of Health suggests the following steps can improve your emotional health significantly.

Reduce Stress Levels.

Stress is as natural as the air we breathe, but too much of it can negatively affect your emotional health. Look for healthy ways to cope with stress including regular exercise, relaxation techniques, positive thinking and building a support system.

Practice Mindfulness.

Mindfulness or the art of being aware of what is happening around you at the moment is useful in enabling you to take yourself off of “autopilot” and focus on the present.

Boost Your Social Connections.

Your social network has a powerful effect on the quality of your emotional and physical health. Studies show that social interaction and engagement helps to not only enhance your health but can extend your lifespan. Not sure where to begin with broadening the scope of your social network? Volunteering is an excellent way to get out and mingle with the community. Work on your relationships with family and friends. Learn something new by taking a class. You might even make time to travel and see new places and things.

Get Sleep.

Do not sacrifice getting enough sleep. Set a goal of getting a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night. Rest is a vital ally in your quest for emotional wellness. It can aid in improving mental clarity, promote relaxation, and may prove beneficial in helping you to manage your emotional reactions to trying situations or events. Take steps to create a peaceful and restful environment. Put away your electronics before you go to bed. Avoid foods or stimulants that might affect the quality of sleep you can get. Talk with a sleep doctor if you continue to experience problems.

In Summary

In summary, your body may be the first indicator that something is wrong with your emotional health. Do not ignore the warning signs of what your body is telling you. Once you can rule any physical ailments, turn inwardly to examine what is happening mentally and emotionally. Consider getting help if you are unable to stabilize your emotional health.