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When we talk about health and wellbeing, most of us think of our bodies and physical health. There is no doubt that a healthy body is vital to our wellbeing, but there is another equally important part to our overall health – our emotional wellbeing.
Emotional wellbeing is being able to manage our feelings – both the pleasant and unpleasant ones – so they do not impact our life negatively.
Research tells us that emotional wellbeing is linked to:
When we have good physical health and emotional wellbeing we feel safe, stable and content. Most of us experience wellbeing when we achieve things we want in important parts of our lives including:
Emotional wellbeing does not mean experiencing only pleasant feelings such as happiness, excitement and love. In fact, unpleasant feelings such as sadness, anger, worry and fear are completely normal and an important part of being human.
Dealing with pleasant feelings is rarely a problem; who doesn’t enjoy an unexpected compliment, a pay rise at work or falling in love? It’s the unpleasant feelings that can be more difficult to deal with.
Luckily, unpleasant feelings are usually short lasting and with experience, most people learn to manage these feelings. But sometimes, unpleasant feelings don’t go away, are very strong, or get worse with time.
We can get stuck in negative cycles where negative thoughts reinforce negative feelings, which in turn produce negative actions. We can struggle to get a ‘handle’ on unpleasant feelings and may even feel like the unpleasant feelings are ‘spiralling out of control’.
When we struggle to deal with our unpleasant feelings and can’t seem to ‘bounce back’, we are experiencing poor emotional wellbeing.
The negative cycles we get stuck in when we have poor emotional wellbeing, can impact every aspect of our life and make it hard to live the life we want. This is especially true if we develop symptoms of depression or anxiety. At these times, it becomes even more important for us to learn to manage our feelings so we can break the negative cycles and get back to enjoying life the way we want.
There are two main types of treatment for anxiety and depression:
Learning to manage emotional wellbeing isn’t just for people troubled by a diagnosed psychological disorder such as depression or anxiety. There are things we can all do each day to manage our emotional wellbeing. We’ve compiled a downloadable list of top tips based on feedback from thousands of people.
People with mild symptoms of low mood, depression, worry or anxiety – all signs of poor emotional wellbeing – can also benefit from learning skills to manage their emotional wellbeing. This is known as early intervention. Early intervention can stop symptoms from becoming chronic and severe.
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Our free courses are based on well-tested principles of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), which has been widely shown to be an effective treatment for reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Most people who complete a MindSpot treatment course find their symptoms of anxiety and depression reduce by 50%.