In recent years, mental and emotional health have become widely discussed topics of concern. Research has shown that mental well-being is deeply connected to emotional and physical fitness.
The importance of emotional intelligence has been overlooked and underestimated. But, it is now apparent that emotional resilience is now a much-needed survival skill.
Inspired by the most successful women of the world we’ve listed 17 habits emotionally health people follow:
Self-reflecting and self-analysing regularly is the start to becoming emotionally resilient. Honing in on yourself gives you control and allows you to introspect on your decisions and guide yourself into a better future.
2. Embracing Failure
Failure tends to blur our perception. Only the strong-willed can take it in their stride and look beyond their failure. They bounce-back stronger than ever, and get to grinding again.
“So often in life, things that you regard as an impediment turn out to be great, good fortune.” -The ‘Notorious’ RBG
3. Nurturing Self-Esteem
Emotionally healthy people know that insecurities have a tendency to pop out when we least expect it. Everyone has their ups and downs. Instead of judging themselves, they know to not let unexpected negative thoughts affect their outlook.
4. Open and Expressive
To be emotionally healthy is to let yourself feel.
Being able to express is what makes us human. It is the key to healthy communication and to building relationships.
5. Flexible and Adaptive
Change is inevitable. Having the emotional capacity to recognize change and to adjust ourselves to it is probably the most evident indicator of one’s emotional health.
6. Asking for Help
We tend to shy away from asking for help, out of fear of being judged and ridiculed. But having the maturity to ask for help and knowing you can’t suffer alone is a sign of strength.
7. Getting Rid of Guilt
Excessive guilt drags us down. It grows over time and eats at us. To attain peace, nurture relationships and restore broken bonds and closure is necessary.
8. Not Fixating on the Negatives
Negativity is the greatest downfall to our mental health as these thoughts can be very toxic. Mistakes, losses, and low points are all part of all processes. Learning from them is the best thing you can do.
“Being able to put your blinders on, ignore negative opinions and follow your strong intuition is what’s validating. It’s great to know you can trust your gut” -Whitney Wolfe Herd
9. Listen and Learn
Understanding and learning from our emotions, to make better decisions in the future can only be done by an emotionally balanced person.
10. Self Forgiveness
We are our own harshest critics. We blame ourselves for too much and for too long, not allowing ourselves to think with clarity.
Accepting our mistakes, forgiving ourselves and taking action is how we grow.
“The best thing you can do is learn from those mistakes so that you continue to get better.“-Lisa Su
11. Self Acceptance
The world today drives all of us to fit into one predetermined category but we are all different in our ways and styles.
Accepting ourselves, flaws and all is the only way to stay balanced, emotionally and mentally.
“I decided after a while I was never going to win the looks battle. I focused on the brain part. I focused on doing the job better than anyone else could do it. I started to depend more and more on my brains and my hard work as opposed to how I looked or how I talked.” – Indra Nooyi
12. Respecting Others and their Emotions
Emotionally aware people know how to value emotions – not just their own but also those of others. Healthy relationships depend on the mutual respect between individuals and for their feelings.
13. Focusing on Solutions and Not on Problems
“Leaders have to see past problems to solutions.” -Marilly Hewson
Keeping your emotions in check during difficult times and staying in control of yourself is how an emotionally healthy person acts.
Keeping your sense of mind, and working the solution with calmness and resilience is the way forward.
14. Realistic Optimism
Emotionally sound people are generally positive. But, they’re not unrealistic with their vision. They know the journey forward is one step at a time.
“You can’t have it all, all at once.” -RBG
15. Physical Fitness
Emotional and physical healthiness is interlinked. The need to exercise and to take care of their body is realised by an emotionally fit person.
Rest. Our bodies and minds require rest. Routinely de-stressing and relaxing gives us much needed peace. Even our emotions need a break, after all.
17. Respecting Boundaries
The emotionally intelligent know when to push and know when to back off as well.
They respect boundaries and stay within their space.