Emotional well-being is about much more than whether you feel happy or sad. Your emotional well-being impacts your mood, motivation, and relationships. It plays a big role in the way you deal with stress and challenges.1 And it can influence the way you eat, sleep, and move. For example, being anxious or worried might keep you up at night, which can affect your mood and appetite. If you’re feeling down, you may be less likely to exercise or make good food choices. Learn more about how your emotions and your health are connected.
There are many simple things you can do to improve your emotional well-being. Here are some practical, everyday ways to get started:
What’s mindfulness? It’s a way to slow down and become more aware of what’s happening right now—and the feelings and sensations you have about it. Mindfulness has been shown to help manage anxiety and stress. Some research even suggests that it may help reduce pain and boost the immune system.2 Here are some ways to bring mindfulness into your daily life:
Finding “me time” is important. Consider making time each day to do something that brings you joy. It doesn’t have to be a luxury spa visit or an expensive meal. Even small, simple things can really help. Here are a few ways to get started:
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Everyone has stresses and challenges in their life—and everyone could use some help to deal with them. Here are a few ways to get support if you need it:
These emotional well-being tips are just the beginning. Explore more ways to build healthier habits and improve your overall health—with help from a MOBE Guide. Get started today.
1. "Emotional Wellness Toolkit," National Institutes of Health, updated August 8, 2022, accessed August 9, 2022, https://www.nih.gov/health-information/emotional-wellness-toolkit.
2. “Mindfulness Meditation: A Research-Proven Way to Reduce Stress,” American Psychological Association (APA), updated October 30, 2019, accessed August 9, 2022, https://www.apa.org/topics/mindfulness/meditation.
3. “Mindful Eating,” Help Guide, updated March 2022, accessed August 9, 2022, https://www.helpguide.org/articles/diets/mindful-eating.htm.