An important part of being well lays outside the realm of physical health. Instead, it requires us to be in a state of emotional well being. To do this, we need to be self aware and we have to be willing to take the steps necessary to improve our emotional state. To do this there are some other matters that we should bear in mind:
- Your mindset matters.
How you think and your openness to change, determines your ability to be in a place of emotional well being. Whether you view changes as an opportunity for growth or a threat to your existence, will determine your success in coping with the change but also your emotional well being during the process. Your overall sense of satisfaction influences your general perspective on the world and that in turn determines whether you view the world with faith and hope or despair and gloom.
- Self image matters.
How you see yourself matters because this determines whether you have a genuine belief in your own ability to accomplish your dreams for your life. Fortunately you can alter your self image. You can decide who you are going to be and then engage in the daily habits that reinforce your perception of yourself. To determine your current self image, you should list a series of statements starting with the words ‘I am’. If your current self image is not getting you the results that you desire, then you should work on changing those statements and your definition of self.
- Your purpose matters.
People find meaning in knowing why. You need to decide for yourself what is most important to you. You need then to use that information to establish a personal vision for your life and the goals along the way that serve as milestones. Ask yourself, what do you want to spend your life doing? or, What do you want said about you when you die? These questions can help you to determine what matters most to you and what you are willing to spend your life pursuing. When you know this, it gives you a greater sense of purpose and strengthens your sense of living a meaningful existence,
- Your happiness level matters.
Your level of happiness has a direct connection to your ability to be successful. Research has shown repeatedly that the level of happiness a person has is directly related to their ability to succeed. In addition, the level of happiness you possess also impacts your overall sense of hope and your positive emotions. Therefore, the more happy you are, the more you are likely to be successful and the more success you achieve, the more you are likely to satisfied with your life. This sets up an emotional loop that puts you in the right place for ongoing achievement.
- Your connections matter.
An important part of emotional well being is your ability to connect with others. This ability to build strong healthy relationships with others, is useful in helping you to be resilient and to cope more effectively with challenges, setbacks and stressors. The more connections you have, the more options you will have in terms of people who you can share your concerns with or who can offer you support.
Marjorie Wharton is a trainer, facilitator and coach who works with individuals and organizations to help them improve their performance. She is based at the Sagicor Cave Hill School of Business in Barbados. For more of her writing visit https://marjoriewharton.live