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How to Improve Your Emotional Health in 2024

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Achieving better emotional health should be a major priority for every person in the new year. Unfortunately, it often slips to the back burner for goals related to careers, relationships, and physical health. But what would it look like if you made it a focal point in 2024?

You could argue that nothing is more important than your emotional health. Because, at the end of the day, you can’t live a happy and fulfilling life without balanced emotional health.

Here are some tips to help you improve your emotional health:

1. Learn some stress management techniques

Stress is one of the most important factors in your emotional well-being. When you’re chronically stressed and anxious, it’s almost impossible to have strong mental health.

While you can’t always control circumstances and stress factors, you can equip yourself with techniques to manage your response to stressful situations. Helpful stress management techniques include deep breathing exercises, yoga, meditation, or even physical activity (such as going on a jog).

2. Practise mindfulness

Mindfulness is a term used to describe being present in the moment and understanding or acknowledging your thoughts and feelings without being judgmental of them. While it sounds simple, it’s easier said than done. And if you want to become skilled at mindfulness, it takes a lot of practice. It’s almost like building up a muscle – the more reps you put in, the stronger you’ll be.

Mindfulness is best practiced in the small moments. Try to pause when you’re eating, for example, and be more mindful of the taste, texture, and experience of the food you’re eating. When you take a walk, be more mindful of the breeze in your face, the sun on your skin, and the feeling of the ground beneath your feet. The more you do this with intentionality, the more your brain grows accustomed to intuitively practicing mindfulness in situations where stress, anxiety, or fear could otherwise creep in.

3. Find an online therapist

One of the more positive trends that’s happened over the past decade is the way in which seeking out professional support for mental health has become less taboo and more widely accepted. Because, at the end of the day, getting help for things you’re struggling with is one of the strongest things you can do for yourself.

While there are plenty of options available, finding an online therapist is usually the most convenient option. It allows you to get the help and assistance you need without having to disrupt your routines very much.

4. Nurture healthy relationships

You might not realise how much your relationships impact your mental and emotional health. Toxic relationships can hold you back, while healthy relationships can really propel you forward in some profound ways. The more you nurture the latter, the happier and healthier you’ll be. Do your best to spend more time around the people who make you think more positively and feel happy.

5. Prioritise self-care

Self-care isn’t selfish; it’s a vital component of emotional well-being. Make time for activities that recharge you, whether it’s reading, taking a bath, pursuing a hobby, or simply resting. Incorporating self-care into your routine shows self-compassion and replenishes your emotional reserves.

Self-care is also physical. Staying hydrated, eating fewer processed foods, and exercising on a regular basis are all examples of self-care, as they give your body the fuel it needs to operate at its optimum capacity.

6. Set clear boundaries

If you’re going to be healthy mentally and emotionally, you have to set clear boundaries in all areas of your life. This includes boundaries with yourself as well as with others.

Boundaries with yourself could mean setting specific work hours and sticking to those hours, no matter what – even if you have an important project that needs your attention. Boundaries with others might look like limiting the amount of time you spend with a specific friend group because of the negative toll it takes on your emotional health.

7. Give your mental health a little love

It’s easy to neglect your mental health and put it on the back burner for other things. But if you prioritise this side of your health in 2024, good things will happen for you. It doesn’t mean your life will be perfect, but you will feel more grounded and confident in who you are. Put these tips into action.

David Radar, a psychology graduate from the University of Hertfordshire, has a keen interest in the fields of mental health, wellness, and lifestyle.

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