I bet, at some point in your life, you wondered how to be healthy and emotionally balanced. For example:
You are unique
Have you ever looked at someone who seems perfectly calm during intense stress as you drown in a sea of your uncontrolled emotions? There may be someone in your life who never gets anxious no matter how daunting the situation or is optimistic at all points, and you may feel in awe of their emotional stability.
The truth is that emotional balance is the accumulation of multiple factors, including genetics and personality traits.
We can’t change our genetics, but we can turn into emotionally balanced individuals if we learn to face our emotions in a healthy way.
Learn to let go
Don’t allow negative emotions to overpower you; learn the art of letting go. If you are feeling anxious about missing a deadline, you will spend all your time being nervous and get no work done. Instead, stop worrying about it and focus on the present; everything else will fall in line.
Similarly, if you feel angry about a past event, you have likely been going over unpleasant memories over and over again. Let go of these thoughts and divert your attention toward healthy activities, and soon you’ll begin to have better control over your emotions.
Meditate and breathe
It’s also a good idea to practice meditation and breathing exercises when you feel overwhelmed, which will help you relax and put your mind at ease. For example, if you receive bad news that you have been dreading, just put on some of your favorite music and disconnect yourself from everyone. Use this time to gently redirect your negative thoughts and think of how you can move forward.
It’s not always possible to control our thoughts, but once an initial negative thought comes to your mind, actively try to respond to it in a healthy way.
If you practice this over the years, you too can be a healthy and emotionally balanced person.
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