Emotional wellbeing – new years resolution

It’s a whole new world! Well, it’s a new year, with new resolutions, and my resolution is to improve my overall health by improving my emotional wellbeing. Emotional wellbeing is one of the most important, and most overlooked, components of our health. Health is a totality of your physical, emotional and spiritual wellbeing and it can be difficult to get the balance right. This is why, although we may eat well and exercise regularly, we may still feel stressed out, burnt out, fatigued and less than 100%.

Achieving better emotional balance can happen when we create more time for ourselves, experience love and appreciation, are challenged in a healthy way, and remove emotional ‘drains’ on our energy.

We often feel obligated to give our time away to work projects, colleagues, family, friends, and our own expectations of what we think we should achieve in a day. This may mean we are not leaving enough time for ourselves. Feel like you ‘need’ a holiday? Ideally we wouldn’t be desperate for a day off ! We would be prioritising relaxation periods in our daily and weekly schedule.

It can be easy to lose focus on what really matters and what we need to be happy. Spending time with loved ones is an important way of achieving emotional balance as they will provide the regular love and support that we all need. Doing something for others is another healthy way to feel, and experience, love and appreciation- and gives us an opportunity to give back to society rather than taking all the time. It doesn’t have to be in a monetary sense, it can mean making a phone call, checking on a neighbour or offering your help to someone who needs it, before they ask.

Try avoiding allowing our day to day life becoming ‘like groundhog day’. We need to be constantly learning, trying new things and feeling inspired.

Finally, overcommitting yourself to activities, situations, or people can be a real drain on your emotional wellbeing. Review all of your time and energy commitments and ask yourself – is it really necessary to follow through with them?

To achieve better emotional balance, my New Years resolutions are:

  • Make “me time” a priority
  • Do something for others
  • Spend more time with friends and family
  • Set a new challenge and do something that inspires ‘me’
  • Learn to say no!

Yours in health,

Dr Edwina