Good Emotional Health

What is good emotional health?

People with good emotional health are aware of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They have learned healthy ways to cope with stress and problems that are part of a normal life.They feel good about themselves and have healthy relationships.

However, many things can happen in life that can disrupt your emotional health and lead to strong feelings of sadness, stress or anxiety. These things include:

  • Losing your job through no fault of their performance
  • Having a child leaving or returning to the house
  • Mourn the death of a loved
  • Divorced or married
  • Injury or illness
  • Be promoted at work
  • Have money problems
  • Moving to a new home
  • Having a baby

The changes can be as stressful as unfavorable changes.

How can my emotions affect my health?

Your body responds to the way you think, feel and act. This is often called the mind-body connection. When you are stressed, anxious or angry, your body is telling you something is wrong.For example, high blood pressure or a stomach ulcer might develop after a particularly stressful event, such as the death of a loved one. The following symptoms may be evidence that your emotional health is unbalanced:

  • Backache
  • Change of appetite
  • Chest pain
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dry mouth
  • Extreme tiredness
  • General aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Sexual Problems
  • Sensation of "breathlessness"
  • Stiff neck
  • Sweat
  • Upset stomach
  • Weight gain or loss

Poor emotional health can weaken your immune system making you more likely to colds and other infections during emotionally difficult times. Also, when you feel stressed, anxious or upset, can not take care of your health as it should.You may not feel like exercising, eating nutritious foods or take the medicine your doctor prescribes. Abuse of alcohol, snuff or other drugs may also be a sign of poor emotional health.

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