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Make Time for Emotional Health

Many of us are good at putting an emphasis on our physical health. We workout. We keep health appointments. We take medications prescribed by our doctors. We even do little things like brush our teeth (and then pretend to floss). And while all of this is important, it’s not the only thing that is.

Our emotional health is as important as our physical one, sometimes even more so. It actually dictates part of our physical health because of the way our body reacts to stress and anxiety. So, how do you improve it? No, the answer isn’t wine!

Instead, try some of these simple ways that will have a huge impact:

Express emotions: Keeping your emotions inside isn’t healthy. It sets you up to blow like a fizzy drink that’s been shaken: once you take off the cap, things explode. And things also get messy.

Use creative outlets: Many people have problems with the bombardment of negative thoughts: their brain tells them they’re not good enough or pretty enough. Creative outlets help you direct the extraneous energy of your brain into a positive outlet. So draw, paint, act, write, dance or sing. Everyone has an artist inside of them.

Nourish your body: A diet high in processed food and low in fruits and vegetables not only adds on pounds (and plaque), but it can make you feel unmotivated and unhappy. Thus, ban the fast food and opt for the salads and smoothies.

Get moving: Exercise begets other activities. If you get up slightly earlier and do some exercise, you’re more likely to be more active the rest of your day. You will feel so much better and may even be more productive!

Stay positive: Life has a way of getting to all of us, but smiling through it helps us power through it. This isn’t to say you need to be positive at all moments of the day, but have a sunny outlook. It’s much more conducive to your overall wellbeing than a demeanor that leaves you sitting at home, waiting for the apocalypse.

Find a support circle: Support circles are vital to emotional health. We need people in our lives, people who we can lean on, confide in, and laugh with. We need support for little things and those too big for us to handle on our own. So, find your circle. If it’s too small, expand it. Turn your support circle into a support oval.


Hiya, I’m Karen, energy therapist and mind body expert for dynamic and ambitious women who are struggling with anxiety. I help them to get to the root cause of their anxiety so they can take back control other thoughts and be the calm and confident woman they want to be.
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