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Emotional wellbeing is not the absence of emotions, but it is your ability to understand the value of your emotions and use them to move your life forward in positive directions.

A useful definition of emotional wellbeing is offered by the Mental Health Foundation: ‘A positive sense of wellbeing which enables an individual to be able to function in society and meet the demands of everyday life; people in good mental health have the ability to recover effectively from illness, change or misfortune.

Being a young person carries many risk factors which may have a negative impact on a young person’s emotional wellbeing, such as poor housing, economic disadvantage, serious illness, homophobic bullying, abuse or bereavement. Any of these factors can have a profound impact on a young person’s self-esteem and their ability to learn. As many as one in five children in our classrooms may be experiencing a psychological problem at any one time.

Everyday emotional well-being also involves identifying, building upon, and operating from your strengths rather than focusing on fixing problems or weaknesses. The better you are able to master your emotions, the greater your capacity to enjoy life, cope with stress, and focus on important personal priorities.

What kind of benefits can you expect?

Some benefits of gaining greater emotional well-being include knowing that your needs are important and that you deserve to have a life where you feel happy and secure. As you achieve emotional balance, you are able to identify your heart’s desires, take positive action, and make changes in your life.

With emotional well-being, you can experience:

  • Healing – from stress, anxiety, depression, grief, and other issues
  • Change – to transform unhelpful patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving
  • Self-confidence – as you gain trust and belief in yourself
  • Growth – to live more authentically

Leave worry, stress, and despair behind as you learn to lead your life with vision, inspired action, and an inner state of creativity. Emotional freedom is your ability to connect with your body and utilize emotions, feelings, senses, and intuition to guide you into an empowered alignment with purpose.

How do we improve our emotional wellbeing? How do we make ourselves emotionally strong? Preventative approaches are much better than intervention after a problem has emerged but I work with clients to both address and overcome emotional issues and then work with them to ensure that they stay emotionally healthy.

The key to a happy and healthy life

Emotional health has many aspects. Put simply, it is based on self-esteem – how you feel about yourself – and behaviour that is appropriate and healthy. Someone who is emotionally healthy:

  • Understands and adapts to change
  • Copes with stress
  • Has a positive self-concept
  • Has the ability to love and care for others
  • Can act independently to meet his or her own needs

Everyone, including people who are emotionally healthy, has problems. Emotionally healthy people are able to adjust to and solve problems, and in doing so they help others as well as themselves to get satisfaction out of life.


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