I’ve always been passionate about wellness. For me, this meant a lot of self-care: eating healthy food and exercising regularly. But being emotionally healthy is just as important to your well-being as physical fitness—and sometimes more so! In fact, you could say that emotional fitness is the foundation for all other kinds of wellness. Without it, it’s nearly impossible to feel like yourself on a daily basis. That’s why I think everyone should try incorporating some of these simple practices into their lives today:
If you’re looking to become more emotionally fit, meditation is one of the most important things you can do. Not only is it a great way to take time for yourself and give your mind some space, but it also helps with being more mindful and aware of what you’re feeling.
Meditation has been shown to help people who struggle with stress react less strongly when they face stressful situations. It’s also been shown that those who meditate are better able to regulate their emotions than those who don’t meditate regularly (or at all).
If meditation isn’t something that appeals to you, try another type of mindfulness practice instead—it could be anything from yoga or Tai Chi classes at the gym down the street, taking a walk in nature while listening closely to what’s going on around you rather than allowing yourself like so many modern humans do these days: tuning out what makes up our surroundings because we’ve gotten used over time not paying attention anymore when there’s so much else out there vying for our attention!”
2. Practice yoga
Yoga is a great way to relax and center yourself. It can also help you be more mindful, which will improve how you feel about yourself. And being more comfortable in your own skin will make you feel better about your appearance and build self-confidence. Finally, yoga is great for flexibility training—which makes any physical activity easier!
Exercise is a great way to improve your mental health. It can help you sleep better, reduce stress and anxiety, and even help with depression. When we exercise our brain releases endorphins which are chemicals that make us feel good. Working out has also been found to strengthen connections in the brain that help prevent Alzheimer’s disease later in life (source).
Exercise can be a form of meditation if you choose to do it while focusing on your breathing or just closing your eyes and listening to music while moving. It allows us time alone with our thoughts which helps us clear our minds from unnecessary clutter so we can focus on what matters most at that time without worrying about trivial things that don’t matter but distract us from our goals!
4. Put thoughts and feelings on paper (Journal).
Writing in a journal is another great outlet for emotional expression, as it allows you to put your thoughts and feelings on paper. If you’re not sure where to begin, start by writing about your day and what happened during it. Include details about what people said or did and how you felt about it. Then move into exploring deeper emotions like anger or sadness by writing about those topics from different angles (e.g., “I feel angry when my boss doesn’t give me credit for my ideas because he thinks I’m too young”).
When you’re done writing, set aside some time each night before bed for quiet reflection by reading through the pages of your journal entry. This will help train your mind to become more aware of when negative thoughts enter into it so that they aren’t allowed space within which they can grow out of control.
5. Talk to a friend or loved one.
Talk to a friend or loved one about what is bothering you
Talking with someone you trust can be helpful in sorting out thoughts, emotions and ideas. It can also help realize that the situation isn’t as bad as it seems, or that there are options for dealing with the issue at hand. Sometimes we just need someone who will listen without judgment, share similar experiences and offer advice on what to do next time. Talking about problems can help us find solutions for ourselves!
6. Know your mood.
Knowing your mood is an important part of emotional fitness. You can use this knowledge to manage your mood and identify triggers, but it also helps you know when to seek help and when to reach out for support. Knowing your mood will help you determine whether a situation is making you feel angry, sad or anxious.
Knowing your mood can be difficult because everyone’s emotions are different, so they don’t always fit into a simple category like “good” or “bad.” Some people experience lots of different emotions at once—they might be excited about something one minute and then worried the next minute without feeling any particular emotion in between these two extremes.
Asking yourself questions about how you feel can help identify what kind of mood you’re having.
7. Write down your goals for the day
Make sure you write down your goals for the day. This is important because it helps you to focus on what you need to accomplish, and also gives you a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day when you can look back and see how much progress has been made.
Goals should be achievable, measurable, specific, time-bound and written down. This can be difficult but with practice it gets easier!
8. Be mindful of how you address others.
It’s easy to get caught up in the moment and say something out of frustration, but this can cause problems down the road. Take a step back and consider what you’re saying before you speak. If your comment isn’t necessary or helpful, avoid making it altogether—especially if others are around who might overhear. Consider how your words affect those around you; be respectful, even if it’s just to one person on their own time (you never know what they may encounter later).
9. Read a book that inspires you.
You can strengthen your emotional fitness by reading a book that inspires you. Reading has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health, but it’s also a great way to learn new things, explore ideas and cultures, and develop empathy for others.
Reading helps us understand different ways of thinking—and therefore helps us grow as individuals. For example: if you’re interested in becoming an entrepreneur or running your own business one day, reading books about entrepreneurship can give you insights into how other people went about starting their own businesses (and what worked for them)
It helps us understand the world around us better. You can read books on travel, history or culture—anything that interests you! This will help broaden your horizons so that when problems or situations arise later in life (like when traveling abroad), they won’t seem quite so daunting because they’ll already be familiar territory thanks to all those hours spent poring over pages instead of scrolling through Instagram feeds during work breaks.*
10. Get in touch with nature. Go hiking. Be outdoors even if it’s just walking around your block.
There are so many reasons to get out in nature, but the most important one is that it’s good for your mental health. It helps you feel less stressed and more connected to the world around you, which can help reduce anxiety, depression and feelings of isolation.
Getting outside doesn’t even have to be a major hiking trip—just going for a short walk through your neighborhood or around your block will do wonders for your mood! You don’t need access to an expansive park or forest either; even seeing green grass and trees from an office window can make as much of an impact on your mental health as actually being inside them does.
11. Take a long warm shower or bath and just relax.
A long warm shower or bath is a great time to relax and just enjoy yourself. You can use the time to meditate, pray or just think about things that make you happy. You can also use this time to wash your hair and body. Or if you want to do something else than relax you could try listening to music, watching television or even doing something fun like playing with a friend’s pet!
12. Listen to music or a podcast that lifts your spirits.
You can choose music that you enjoy, and it doesn’t have to be upbeat or danceable. It’s also okay if the music has words and lyrics—if it’s meaningful for you, that’s all that matters!
When listening to music, try to tune out all outside distractions as much as possible. You want the sound of your headphones to drown out any potential distractions so you can fully immerse yourself in whatever mood the song puts you in.
13. Do something nice for someone else that doesn’t benefit you at all. Just be kind for kindness’ sake!
You don’t have to be in a dire situation to benefit from acts of kindness towards other people. As you can imagine, doing something nice for someone else with no expectation of anything in return will make you feel great about yourself; however, it can also help others feel better about themselves too! Think about it—when was the last time you did something nice for someone else that didn’t benefit you at all? Maybe it was just a simple compliment or smile given to a stranger on the street. Maybe it was bringing lunch over to your coworker who was down with the flu. Maybe it was taking an hour out of your day to read books aloud to children at an after-school program. Whatever the case may be, when we give our time freely and selflessly (without expecting anything in return), we are able to connect more deeply with ourselves and those around us by identifying our own needs and values while also making room for others’ needs and values as well.
Try to find a few of these suggestions that work for you and include them as part of your daily lifestyle routine
It’s important to find strategies that work for you, so don’t get discouraged if it takes some time before any exercises click.
If nothing seems to click at first, keep trying! Each person has different needs and experiences with emotional fitness, so there’s no way we could possibly include every possible solution here.
If you do eventually find something that works—like taking deep breaths when frustrated instead of yelling or getting angry—keep doing it!
Hopefully these tips will help you build a more positive mindset. Remember, it’s important to keep in mind that these things are meant to be tools that you can use as part of your daily lifestyle routine—not just temporary fixes or quick fixes that leave you feeling worse than before! If something doesn’t work for you, then don’t do it anymore! There are so many different ways out there that can help boost your emotional fitness level and keep yourself feeling happy and healthy all the time (and we hope some of these ideas were helpful!).