Are you emotionally healthy? 10 signs that show you're happy
Emotional health is as important as physical health. Here’s a look at some common examples of good emotional health.
Sure, abs are great. But there's a much better indicator of a healthy person than an attractive physique: emotional wellness. It has nothing to do with a person's workout routine and everything to do with how they treat others and how they treat themselves. For starters, emotional wellness is not the same thing as mental health. While the two terms are often used interchangeably, emotional health "focuses on being in tune with your emotions, vulnerability, and authenticity," says Dr Shilpa Aggarwal, a Mumbai-based clinical psychologist. "Your emotional well-being affects every facet of your life, and taking care of your mind and emotions is just as — if not more — important as taking care of your body," she says. Keep in mind that having good emotional health doesn’t mean you’re always happy or free from negative emotions, Dr Aggarwal says. It’s about having the skills and resources to manage the ups and downs of day-to-day life, she explains.
How do you know if you're emotionally healthy? Read on for the signs that you prioritize your well-being, both inside and out.
1. You exercise and eat well
Respecting yourself as a person means respecting your body and treating it well. Healthy habits make a person feel better inside and out, and when you prioritise your physical health, it means that you care enough about yourself to know that you deserve to feel good, says Dr Aggarwal.
2. You treat others well
Emotional health is all about being kind to yourself, and when you're kind to yourself, it's much easier to be kind to others. "An intent to benefit others is called prosocial behaviour, and the ability to approach other people with compassion and take their feelings and needs into consideration is a hallmark of your own well-being," says Dr Upasana Ghosh, a certified relationship expert from Kolkata.
3. You forgive and repair damaged relationships
"Holding grudges isn't productive and healthy, and a person with emotional wellness knows when to relinquish pride and control in order to heal a relationship that has soured," says Dr Ghosh. Not all relationships can be mended, but you make an effort to do so anyway if only to see the other person's side of things, she adds.
4. You're flexible
Emotionally healthy people are adaptable, and no matter what life throws at them, they're equipped to handle it, says Dr Ghosh. "Even the best-laid plans go awry, but rather than panicking and throwing in the towel, you know how to adjust your expectations accordingly to avoid disappointment," she says.
5. You value experiences more than possessions
Rather than filling your life with material possessions, you find yourself prioritising trips, activities, and meals with friends, preferring life's intangible things to the tangible, says Dr Ghosh. Same goes for social media — a person with emotional well-being will spend more time enjoying an experience than trying to document it for other people to see, she adds.
6. You're in touch with your emotions
Another sign of emotional wellness is that you embrace your emotions as a natural and normal part of life rather than something to hide or dismiss. "Whether you feel excitement and joy or anxiety and sadness, you're willing to explore and learn to cope with those feelings; and even express them to others," says Dr Ghosh.
7. You know when to ask for help
Asking for help is often humbling and intimidating, but you know that reaching out, when you need some assistance is not a sign of weakness, but actually of strength. "By recognising your need for others, you indicate that you feel confident enough in yourself and your relationships to know that you won't be perceived as a burden," says Dr Ghosh.
8. You feel gratitude for your loved ones
Dr Aggarwal says showing gratitude indicates that you can purposefully look at your life with a sense of appreciation for the things that you have rather than simply seeing what you're lacking. "You focus on all of the relationships and blessings surrounding you, and you don't mourn whatever it is that you perceive as missing," she says.
9. You place a high value on personal development
"You love seeing yourself grow as a person, and you recognise the things you must do in order to allow yourself to grow. By breaking bad habits, ending destructive relationships, trying new things, and making time for yourself, you're better able to understand yourself and focus on your personal goals," says Dr Aggarwal.
10. You're always open to new experiences
Emotional wellness has a lot to do with staying productive, says Dr Aggarwal, and emotionally healthy people are always prepared to take on new challenges in order to keep their minds active. "Though new experiences might feel scary, you're able to step outside your comfort zone in order to embrace that stimulation," she says.