The Journey To Emotional Health:
My journey is all about teaching and discovering new ways to be emotionally healthy. This country spends so much time and money on physical health which is a great start and well-needed but we tend to put our emotional health on the back burner. You see this all over the place especially in our work culture. We can call in to work “Sick” when we don’t feel well physically, but what about those emotional days or what they call “Mental Health Days”? Try calling into work and saying you’re sad or feeling depressed and the response will be: get your butt into work anyway. We need to realize that physical and emotional health go hand in hand and to feel balanced, healthy and happy. We need to have both which means putting ourselves first on the priority list without guilt. This also teaches our kids to put themselves first but more importantly if your not healthy and happy how can you take care of anyone else? You can’t give what you don’t have!
Taking care of yourself is not selfish, it’s a necessary and we need to reverse how society views self-care. Self-care involves physical health but also includes a daily routine of simple things to keep our emotional health in tip top shape. Some of the daily activities will cover both physical and emotional health like exercise, eating right and getting a good night rest. They are 2 for 1 habits. You need exercise, healthy eating and sleep to feel good emotionally and physically.
The rest of our daily emotional health habits will help us to feel happy and positive.
1. Gratitude checks – asking yourself 2-3 things your grateful for?
2. Random acts of kindness – taking the extra effort to do something kind for someone like a smile.
3. Asking yourself at the end of the day – what are 2-3 things I did well today? Re-train your brain to notice the good.
4. Setting a daily morning intention – What kind of day do I want to have? Example: For today, My intention is patience. Look at the day ahead of you and ask what would help your day? would it be patience, calmness, be more empathetic or kind, abundant, etc.
5. A nightly routine of meditation to go to bed with a sense of calm and peace so we wake up in the same state of mind.
6. Spending a few minutes in nature for a quick re-new of our spirit which increases our productivity and creativity- Bonus!
7. Taking a few minutes each day to remember a great memory which brings you back to a happy feeling. This is a great coping skill. When having a bad day and want to change your mood go back and think about a happy time/memory for a few minutes and you will begin to feel better.
What are some of your Emotional health daily habits?
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ABOUT DIANE LANG:
Diane Lang – Positive Living Expert, life coach and psychotherapist – is a nationally recognized speaker, author, educator, therapist and media expert. Lang is extremely mediagenic and offers expertise on a variety of health and wellness topics about creating balance and finding happiness through positive living as well as multiple mental health, lifestyle and parenting needs. In addition to holding multiple counseling positions, Diane is also an adjunct at Montclair State University.
Lang has been interviewed for numerous magazine and newspaper articles and has been a frequent guest on radio and TV shows including “Fox & Friends” on the Fox News Network. Lang a regular featured expert on the “Expat Show” broadcasted weekly on the New York ABC affiliate WTBQ-AM, and a Blogger.
Lang speaks to employees of large companies to help reduce stress in the workplace and speaks to parents about how to create balance