Mental Health: Keeping Your Emotional Health

What is good emotional health?

People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They feel good about themselves and have good relationships. They can keep problems in perspective.

It is important to remember that people who have good emotional health sometimes have emotional problems or mental illness. Mental illness often has a physical cause, such as a chemical imbalance in the brain. Stress and problems with family, work or school can sometimes trigger mental illness or make it worse. However, people who are emotionally healthy have learned ways to cope with stress and problems. They know when they need to seek help from your doctor or a counselor.

What about the anger?

People sometimes do not know the cause of your anger, how much anger they are holding inside or how to express anger. You may be angry about certain events, self, or in connection with the actions of other people. In addition, many little things can build up and make you feel that life is unfair.

If you realize that you are getting too irritable or taking unhealthy risks (like drinking too much or abusing drugs), you may have a problem dealing with anger. It is very important that you speak with a doctor or a counselor about getting help.

What I can do to avoid problems?

First, be aware of your emotions and reactions and try to understand them. Learn to differentiate the causes of sadness, frustration and anger in your life can help you better manage your emotional health. The picture on the right gives you some other useful tips.

Tips for Dealing with your emotions Learn to express your feelings in appropriate ways. It is important that people who are close to you know when something is bothering you. Keeping feelings of sadness or anger inside takes extra energy and can cause problems in your relationships and at work or school.

Think before you act. Emotions can be very strong. But before you get carried away by their emotions and say or do something you might regret, take time to think things through.

Strive for a balanced life. Make time for things you enjoy. Focus on the positive things in your life.

Take care of your physical health. Your physical health can affect your emotional health. Take care of your body by exercising regularly, eating healthy foods and getting enough sleep. Do not abuse drugs or alcohol.

How does stress affect my emotions?

Your body responds to stress by producing stress hormones. These hormones help your body respond to situations of extreme need. But when your body produces too many of these hormones for a long time, the hormones wear down your body and emotions. People who are under the effects of stress (stressed) are often emotional, anxious, irritable and even depressed.

If possible, try to change the situation that is causing stress. Relaxation methods such as deep breathing and meditation, and exercise are also helpful for coping with stress.

Can emotional problems be treated?

Yes psychological counseling, support groups and medications can help people with emotional or mental illness. If you have an emotional problem, talk with your family doctor. The doctor can help you find the right type of treatment.