Emotional Wellness is having the ability to acknowledge and accept a wide range of feelings in oneself as well as in others. It is being able to freely express and manage one’s own feelings to develop positive self-esteem in order to arrive at personal decisions based upon the integration of one’s attitudes and behaviors. (Wayne State University)
Emotional wellness is striving to meet emotional needs constructively. It is maintaining good mental health, a positive attitude, high self-esteem, and a strong self-image. It is the ability to respond resiliently to emotional states and the flow of life every day. It is dealing with a variety of situations realistically and learning more about yourself and how things you do affect your feelings. It is taking responsibility for your own behavior and responding to challenges as opportunities.
Spend time with friends and family discussing important personal concerns and being supportive of each other.
Participate in self-esteem workshops or support groups.
Read a self-help book that is of interest to you.
Learn time management skills and other stress management techniques.
Attend a wellness forum.
Smile at least 20 times each day
Emotional Wellness Assessment
The emotional dimension of wellness involves recognizing, accepting and taking responsibility for your feelings. Read each statement carefully and respond honestly by using the following scoring (Source www.wellnessproposals.com ):
Almost always = 2 points Sometimes/occasionally = 1 point Very seldom = 0 points
_____ 1. I am able to develop and maintain close relationships. _____ 2. I accept the responsibility for my actions. _____ 3. I see challenges and change as opportunities for growth. _____ 4. I feel I have considerable control over my life. _____ 5. I am able to laugh at life and myself. _____ 6. I feel good about myself. _____ 7. I am able to appropriately cope with stress and tension and make time for leisure pursuits. _____ 8. I am able to recognize my personal shortcomings and learn from my mistakes. _____ 9. I am able to recognize and express my feelings. _____ 10. I enjoy life.
_______ Total for Emotional Wellness Dimension
Score: 15 to 20 Points - Excellent strength in this dimension.
Score: 9 to 14 Points - There is room for improvement. Look again at the items in which you scored 1 or 0. What changes can you make to improve your score?
Score: 0 to 8 Points - This dimension needs a lot of work. Look again at this dimension and challenge yourself to begin making small steps toward growth here. Remember: The goal is balanced wellness.