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Mind Body Wellness Challenge

Wellness Challenge

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Emotional Wellness

“The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person’s determination.” - Tommy Lasorda

Emotional Health

Emotional wellness involves the awareness, understanding, and acceptance of our feelings.  Emotional wellness is a key element in maintaining a healthy balance in our lives and our relationships.  We are constantly changing and growing throughout the life span. 

Strategies for developing and maintaining emotional wellness include:

  • Being mindful of thoughts and feelings
  • Expressing feelings effectively
  • Managing emotions and reactions
  • Staying optimistic and using a positive attitude
  • Coping with stress in a healthy way
  • Using relaxation and self-care
  • Learning and growing from experiences
  • Adjusting to change and enjoying life
  • Obtaining support from family, friends, or the community
  • Remembering to laugh ;-)

Take this quick Emotional Wellness Quiz:

  1. I have a sense of fun and am able to laugh at some of the situations I find myself in?
  2. I don’t judge others based on my expectations of them?
  3. I generally face problems directly?
  4. I cope with change effectively?
  5. I have a positive self-image?
  6. I can speak up for my needs?
  7. I do not hold grudges?
  8. I have several people in my life that I can count on for support?
  9. I am generally optimistic about my self and the future?

10.  I can effectively express both my positive and negative emotions?

 Total ______

If you answered yes to 8 or less. Keep working - there is room for improvement!

Emotional Wellness Challenge Ideas

  • Engage in positive self-talk.
  • Seek emotional support when necessary.
  • If you like animals, adopt a pet—they love unconditionally.
  • Pamper yourself regularly—take a walk, soak in a bath, get a massage, daydream.
  • Choose your own healthy habit in this category.

Useful online resources:

A very good website about improving one’s emotional health:

http://helpguide.org/mental/mental_emotional_health.htm

http://www.apa.org/topics/emotion/index.aspx