This month’s focus is emotional wellbeing, and this article provides suggested products that can help you reach your emotional goals.
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Emotional wellbeing is perhaps the most interlinked of all the dimensions of wellbeing (learn more about the dimensions of wellbeing in the Finding Balance article). If something is suffering in any of the dimensions, it has the potential to impact upon our emotional wellbeing. Similarly, if our emotional wellbeing suffers, it can impact on all the other dimensions. For this reason, it is incredibly important to look after your emotional wellbeing.
For advice on how to improve (or maintain) your emotional wellbeing, check out my previous article: Improve your emotional wellbeing.
What is emotional wellbeing?
Emotional wellbeing focuses on being aware and accepting of our emotions. It involves being able to manage our feelings and behaviours, and maintaining a positive outlook in life.
Goals within the emotional dimension may include managing stress, completing a self-help book, and focussing on the positive.
Products to help understand and manage emotions
Start Here: Master the Lifelong Habit of Wellbeing by Eric Langshur and Nate Klemp Ph.D provides a program to help you improve your emotional wellbeing. And, according to the 95% of reviewers who gave this book 5 stars on Amazon, the tools provided are life-changing.
“Imagine being less stressed, more focused, and happier every day of your life. An instant New York Times bestseller, Start Here outlines a program designed to help you achieve emotional fitness by cross-training the skill of lifelong wellbeing”.
This is definitely going onto my reading list.
Other options to help you understand and manage your emotions include:
Or The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings Are Trying to Tell You by Karla McLaren.
Let’s not forget the classic Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff . . . and It’s All Small Stuff: Simple Ways to Keep the Little Things from Taking Over Your Life by Richard Carlson, Ph.D. This book offers 100 meditations to help you appreciate your life, respect other people and keep any negative emotions in perspective. Published over 20 years ago, this has stood the test of time, with its ideas echoed in many of the positive psychology books today.
Finally, this one caught my eye, as ‘grumpy mum’ feels like a very relatable title at times. And taking a holiday sounds like a very good idea! Grumpy Mom Takes a Holiday: Say Goodbye to Stressed, Tired, and Anxious, and Say Hello to Renewed Joy in Motherhood by Valerie Woerner may fit more into the parenting category than emotional wellbeing, but to me the two topics are very closely related.
Sleep deprivation and constant challenges from mini versions of yourself can raise a myriad of emotions. Equally, it is so important to be able to manage your emotions around children, not only to keep them safe, but also to teach them to regulate their own emotions.
This book looks to be the ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff’ of motherhood.
Mind Over Mood, Second Edition: Change How You Feel by Changing the Way You Think by Dennis Greenberger, Ph.D. uses cognitive behavioural therapy to help overcome anxiety, anger, depression and many related issues. It is truly comprehensive and science-based, combining easy to follow explanations and simple worksheets to help users work through their problems.
The Stress Management Workbook: De-stress in 10 Minutes or Less by Ruth C White, Ph.D., MPH, MSW, provides short exercises that can be completed within 10 minutes each to help manage stress. Because “Learning how to manage your stress shouldn’t be stressful”.
Who can’t find 10 minutes for a little personal development?
Products to help maintain a positive outlook in life
Practicing gratitude is a great way to develop and maintain a positive outlook in life. I love the range of gratitude journals and other resources available from AwesoME Inc. As well as gratitude journals for both adults and kids, they have inspirational prints, vision board kits, and resources to help build resilience.
Another great shop, this time combining gratitude with goal-setting, planning and journalling, the Happiness Planner has a range of resources to help develop and maintain a positive outlook. I love the 100-day planner, as it’s the perfect length of time to establish new behaviours.
Our final section is dedicated to self-care products. Self-care isn’t limited to emotional wellbeing – many aspects of self-care focus on our physical, spiritual and social needs. However, often our emotional wellbeing is the first to suffer when these needs aren’t met. There is a strong link between self-care and emotional wellbeing, and this is why I’ve chosen to include these products here.
This is a tough one, as self-care is so broad. It means different things to different people. Some people love massages, whereas others recoil at the thought of strangers touching them. Some people feel rejuvenated by spending time in nature, where others prefer city breaks and smart hotels. Self-care is very personal. Pick and choose the things that appeal to you.
I am a great believer in the importance of nutrition on health, including emotional wellbeing. What we eat has an impact upon how we feel. Sometimes this can be obvious – the post-sugar crash, or the caffeine jitters – and other times it may be more subtle. You may not notice an immediate effect of not eating enough fruit and veg, but over time you will miss the nutrients that they provide.
Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating can help you to make the right food choices to keep yourself healthy.
That said, it can also be an act of self-care to indulge yourself once in a while, and this can include some comfort food. The key is to keep it as a treat, otherwise is loses it’s appeal, as well as becoming an unhealthy habit.
Another way to treat yourself when eating is to splash out on some new dinnerware to eat off. How about this beautiful butterfly set by Lenox?
Food isn’t the only element of nutrition, it’s important to stay hydrated too. Do it in style with this Cactaki water bottle. It has time markers to help you track that you are drinking enough throughout the day, as well as a fruit infuser and free recipe book for suggestions of infusions.
Yoga, HIIT, walking, weights, running, cycling, swimming – it doesn’t matter. Just move. Dance in your living room, play with the kids, clean the house. Be active.
Why not try a fitness tracker like a FitBit to help measure your progress and set yourself goals? You can even set up a competition among friends.
Reciting positive affirmations helps you to develop and maintain a positive outlook in life. Studies show that people who recite positive affirmations are happier, more optimistic, and have a clearer perspective on life.
If the cards are a bit too girly, try Affirmations: 1000+ Positive and Daily Affirmations for Wealth, Success, Money, Abundance, Health, Love and Positive Thinking.
Ideally, you would get out into nature – the woods, the beach, the mountains. If you aren’t able to as often as you’d like to, bring a little of the outdoors indoors. Get some plants. And get pictures of nature, like this one. Take a picture of your favourite place and put it on display somewhere where you will see it often.
Anyone who’s had a poor night’s sleep will understand how important it is for your emotional wellbeing. When we’re tired, we become grumpy and irritable, or sad and teary. Chronic sleep deprivation can even lead to anxiety or depression.
Read a book
My favourite way to relax at the end of the day is with a good book. Everyone’s taste is different, so I’ve linked into the current bestsellers so that you can find something that suits you.
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