17 Habits Of Emotionally Healthy People

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:

1. Self-Awareness

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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  

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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

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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

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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.

β€œI 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

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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

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“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

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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

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Emotional and physical healthiness is interlinked. The need to exercise and to take care of their body is realised by an emotionally fit person.

16. Rejuvenation

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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

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The emotionally intelligent know when to push and know when to back off as well.

They respect boundaries and stay within their space.

Need a little more inspiration? Check out these brilliant and inspirational quotes by women.

This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Karen

    This is such a beautiful post, cheers from a fellow mental health and self-care blogger! Especially love the realistic optimism, often times, we can get carried away!

  2. Mel

    All so important. I need to bookmark this!

  3. Lucia Vazquez

    Yes’ all such important habits! I also am huge in forming good habits. Love this thank you for sharing!

  4. Shany

    Such an important article! One of the things that really help me is embracing failure. We try to be perfect and push ourselves too hard sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Yalana Allen

    This is a great post. It has me doing some self-reflecting. Much needed!!

  6. Ellie-M

    I love this post! Especially the self-forgiveness part. It’s often forgotten about. x

  7. Kerrin

    Thanks for this comprehensive list! Some of these are difficult for me, all of them together seems IMPOSSIBLE! One can only try πŸ™‚

  8. Caz / InvisiblyMe

    So many good points. You can’t help but compare yourself to them, can you? I think self-acceptance has a been an ongoing project, but I’m not sure I’ll ever get the rejuvenation one because my sleep has been atrocious for years now! As for letting go of guilt, that’s where I’m really stuck and having problems. Fab post! xx

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