Posted: 16 November 2018

5 top tips for looking after your emotional well-being

This Self-Care Week we talked to Liz Inchley, an occupational therapy student at Pause in Birmingham. She shares her top tips for looking after your own emotional well-being. 

Top tips for looking after your emotional well-being

Just like life, our emotional well-being can have its ups and downs. If you experience low emotional well-being for a long period of time then you may be more likely to develop a mental health problem. 

We all have different ways of coping but there are some factors such as childhood trauma, social disadvantage or caring for a family member or friend, that can make you more vulnerable to low emotional well-being. It's important you are aware of periods of poor mental health and are able to challenge the possible causes. 

Everyone deserves to feel good so here are Liz's top tips for managing and improving your own emotional health and well-being: 

1. Diet and exercise

These are mentioned in almost every lesson or self-help guide about physical and mental well-being, but diet and exercise are very important. Try to make a healthy choice for yourself every day, and the positive effects will add up.

2. Know your limits

Sometimes we can feel stressed or burnt out because we have too many commitments to keep up with. Balancing your responsibilities with time for hobbies and relaxation can be tricky, but it’s totally worth the effort.

3. Be kind

Being able to show compassion towards others is good, but showing compassion to yourself is great. Celebrating your achievements and using positive self-talk works wonders for confidence! Identify some positives at the end of each day and say 'well done, me'.

4. Sensory experience

Using the senses can be very relaxing. If your day gets too busy, take a moment to look around and notice any colours you can see, identify what you can feel by touch, and try to notice any sounds, smells, or tastes. Bonus points if you can smell anything from a bakery!

5. Find your favourites

Most people will use some of their favourite things to help themselves feel better. If you have any favourites (photos, perfumes, toys, sweets, games, music, etc), keep them together in a box or drawer, so all the things that cheer you up are in one place.

So there you have our top five tips for looking after your emotional well-being. If you would like to learn more about the work we do with mental health then visit our resource pages.

 

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