As adults, we are often pre-consumed with life’s daily tasks, forgetting to take to recharge our emotional health.
Taking care of ourselves is something many struggle with.
It can be challenging to add one more thing to your to-do list, even though it is essential.
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However, managing your emotional health should be a priority.
Sure, you might think there aren’t enough hours in the day, at times, to address all of life’s demands.
We are spouses, parents, children, siblings, and in-laws.
Additionally, we are bosses or employees trying to meet the demands of our organizations as we serve the company with pride.
Whatever our day-to-day agenda consists of, we are very busy people.
Is your emotional health suffering?
On any given day, we are two things: overwhelmed and undervalued.
Suffering in silence, angry with the cards we have been dealt.
We are angry, frustrated, and/or depressed.
Secretly, you desire a change and don’t know where to start.
Or, you have recently made the change, but you don’t know how to remain motivated during the challenging journey.
No matter the reason, you want to reconnect with the “old you” while feeling good about the “new you.”
Now, you don’t even know if that’s still possible because somewhere amid all of life’s changes, you’ve lost “you” and stopped recharging your emotional health.
Who are you?
Deep within, when the lights are off, and you’re lying in your bed at night – probably unable to sleep – who are you?
What are your thoughts?
Are you stressed?
Or are you crying yourself to sleep?
Are you really excited about going to work tomorrow?
Are you eager to see your dreams manifest into fruition soon?
Do you still even dream?
Are you proud of who you are?
Or do you only feel like you’re accomplished because you can at least blend in with your friends on social media?
We have one life.
At the end of the day, it is important that we are not only thoroughly living it but also deeply enjoy it.
Many of us are alive, but we are not living.
We are simply going through the motions, doing what we feel as though society has told us we must do, and are afraid to go against the norm.
Many of us have this burning desire to fulfill this one little dream that can reignite the spark in our lives, but we are too afraid of what other people will think.
The time to start prioritizing your emotional health is right now
Despite what our lives look like, we can consciously choose to be happy.
Each and every day, we have the right to say “yes” to our happiness.
Although we are parents and/or spouses with many of our lives being in debt to others, we still have the right to be faithful to ourselves.
We deserve the right to re-connect to who we are within.
The actions of others will never fulfill our internal dreams and desires if we don’t take the time to fulfill them ourselves.
So, you’ve always wanted to write a book, huh?
Then start by doing that right now, this evening!
Set aside a few minutes (even if it’s as little as 30 minutes) to start to write your story.
Or, you’ve always wanted to take a cooking class?
Well, start today by looking for a cooking class on Groupon.
Whatever your burning desire and/or passion is, I strongly encourage you to get up off that couch today and start re-living your best life ever; and to do so unapologetically!
Maybe, you don’t know where to start.
Perhaps, you have no idea where you’d like to start.
You don’t know what it is you can do and be successful at doing it.
It’s called “reinventing yourself,” and millions of Americans are doing it each and every day.
You’re not the exception.
You will not be the first or the last person to decide, “today is the day that I am…” Whatever it is that you want to do, just do it.
And receive it.
Don’t overthink it, overanalyze it, and contemplate it too long.
As long as it’s not life-threatening, just go for it!
Achieve and conquer it.
The more you delay, the more you connect your dreams with fear and impossibility.
How to start today recharging your emotional health!
I’d like to encourage you to start recharging your emotional health today by engaging in at least one of these activities.
Your emotional health is very important, and without the proper balance, one can easily become depressed and project other forms of abuse onto others.
To prevent from being a toxic individual contaminating the lives of others around you, it is very important that you start by:
1. Being transparent
Develop an intimate relationship with close family and friends.
Connect with someone that allows you to be transparent without judgment and ridicule.
This is essential to maintaining excellent mental health as you express your thoughts and desires.
Being transparent lets you articulate your feelings, releasing built-up aggression and anger.
Getting things off your chest is a great way to balance your emotions.
If you cannot communicate with those around you, sharing your dreams and visions with them, you have the wrong people around you.
No one should ever feel alone, or without the support they need to live their best lives.
2. Implementing a balanced life
As we wear many different hats, it is important that we have daily downtime.
Yes, we are parents, spouses, employees, and bosses.
We are household managers, school carpool drivers, and are involved in so much more.
But that doesn’t mean we are unqualified for some rest and relaxation.
You’ve had a long hard day.
You deserve a break.
Revisit that old hobby you enjoyed.
Take time for leisurely activities.
You need to mandate having a work-life balance to experience the freedom of having a stress-free life.
Without doing this, one can easily become anxious, hostile, and depressed; simply because you’re exhausted.
Always take time to rest your body; a healthy person is a wealthy person.
Regardless of the regiment, exercising allows your body to relieve stress deposits that can build up in your muscles.
Even if it is as little as a brisk 15-minute walk during a break at work or walking your dog in the evening, take a few minutes each day to stretch your muscles and recharge your body.
Taking care of your physical body helps strengthen your mind and your soul.
4. Being Resilient
There will be unfortunate situations and circumstances that occur in life.
When life throws you lemons, it’s important to make lemonade.
Developing resiliency allows you to want to be persistent in working towards your goals despite the challenges you may face.
Yes, it’s greatly disappointing when something doesn’t initially work out in your favor.
However, it is even more rewarding when you consistently work towards it and finally succeed at it.
Build your emotional endurance by never giving up; someone is depending on you to be you.
More importantly, their journey awaits you to inspire them to start theirs by looking up to you.
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Do what makes YOU happy!
Many of us do what everyone else expects of us, but we do not do what truly makes us happy.
Begin any task, journey, or opportunity with you in mind.
Learn how to say “no,” to things that do not align with who you are, what your vision represents, or what your end goal is.
We are often overwhelmed with tedious tasks because we haven’t learned to say “no.”
Don’t be afraid to say “no,” to others and say “yes” to you.
You’re worth it.
Which one of these activities are you going to try out?
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