Over the next eight weeks, I will be focusing on one aspect of wellness from SAMHSA’s wellness dimensions. Check out the intro here: Self-Care Series

This week I will be focusing on my emotional wellness.

I’ve decided to start with emotional wellness because it’s always been tricky for me. It’s so much easier to stuff my feelings under the rug and keep pushing onward. But doing this usually results in a big blow up. I’ve had my fair share of blow-ups and let me tell you they weren’t pretty.

SAMHSA defines emotional well-being as:

“Coping effectively with life and creating satisfying relationships.

One of the biggest steps I’ve taken to improve my emotional well-being was buying the book “Emotional Intelligence 2.0” I wrote about it here: My Lack of Emotional Intelligence

When I got the book and took the emotional intelligence scoring quiz, I was embarrassed how low my score was since I consider myself a fairly intelligent person. Since purchasing this book in June, I’ve read it several times and taken a lot of notes that I can quickly revisit. This week, while focusing on my emotional well-being, I plan on revisiting this book and the strategies it offers.

Another way I’m focusing on my emotional well-being is journaling my feelings / emotions every day this week. I do this frequently anyways because I believe journaling is such a healthy outlet, but this week I want to make an effort to do it everyday.

One of my favorite things about regularly journaling is being able to keep a tangible record of my emotions. I periodically flip through old journal entries and reread what I was going through at the time. It gives me comfort to see that things eventually work themselves out.

My best friend got me a new journal for Christmas and I’ve been obsessed with it because the pages are huge, it’s hardback, and I can conveniently circle the date at the top of the page. The first step in actively keeping a journal is finding one that you actually enjoy writing in.

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I also plan to continue doing my daily affirmations every morning after I brush my teeth. This sets a positive tone for my day and assures me that no matter what happens throughout my day, I can trust my instinct and intuition. I wrote a post with some daily affirmations that I frequently use. You can check that out here: I am Light

I plan on writing some more daily affirmations that I think I need to hear right now.

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Lastly, I want to honestly, openly communicate my emotions. I think this week will be the perfect time to get into this habit. I know it won’t always be comfortable or easy, but I think it will benefit not only my emotional well-being, but also the bonds in my relationships.

Check out week two when I focus on my social well-being: Social Wellness: Week Two