Take control of your emotional health

Looking after our physical health means seeing a doctor, if we don’t feel well. Likewise, we don’t have to wait till we’re overwhelmed to take care of our mental health. Explore the resources below to help feel your best.

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We all get mad and annoyed sometimes. It’s natural. But when those emotions happen way too often, they can be distracting, stressful, and we need to manage them before things get worse.

Many people struggle with feelings of anxiety. But we can work through and overcome those feelings to make the most of work, school, relationships and life.

From feeling down from time to time to experiencing the persistent sadness of clinical depression, there are things all of us can do to reduce feelings of sadness in our lives.

When life feels bleak, and it’s hard to find hope or figure out what to do next, there are always actions we can take to feel better.

Loneliness can literally mean being isolated from other people, but it’s often about not feeling understood or connected to those around us. Whatever the struggle, there are ways to overcome loneliness.

Stress can be motivating, but when it’s overwhelming it can affect our moods and ability to think clearly. So it’s important to find ways to cope with and prevent negative stress levels.

Sometimes we can easily describe  our emotional state, and other times, we just feel weird. When that happens, it’s important to be proactive, understand what’s really going on and find ways to cope.

Suffering any kind of abuse can be painful emotionally. Find out ways to heal.

The end of a relationship can feel like the end of the world, but there are ways to heal, feel better and move on with our lives.

When someone we care about passes away, pain and grief is a normal, healthy part of the healing process. But there are coping strategies that can help along the way.

When technology and social media becomes stressful or frustrating, we have ways to deal with cyberbullying, text-fighting and more, to take back our emotional health.

Mistreatment, judgment, and systemic oppression can cause very real pain, and until we put an end to discrimination, find ways to cope with the emotional pain here.

Financial issues stress out most people, and while we can’t always change our money situation, we can find ways to cope with those challenging emotions.

When we deal with internal pain by causing ourselves physical pain, it’s crucial to stop harming ourselves and start understanding the full scope of our emotions.

Many of us struggle with sexual orientation, coming out or just dealing with pressures related to identity. Whatever the situation, we can do things to support our emotional health.

When mental health challenges go unaddressed, they can lead to serious health problems and can even be fatal. Suicide is preventable if we learn the warning signs and speak up if we’re worried about ourselves or a loved one.

Traumatic events can have emotional impact long after they happen. It’s important to heal and overcome trauma, no matter when it happened.

Take Action

These tips can be essential to improving and protecting mental health.

Prioritize being present

Negative feelings can cause a lot of noise in our minds, so it’s important to find ways to be fully-conscious in the moment. Breathing exercises, meditation, going for a walk, journaling, making a gratitude list—they can all help us refocus on what’s going on inside. The important thing is to be consistent, even if things get chaotic, because that’s when we need self-care the most.

Reflect before you react

Nobody is immune to difficult feelings, overwhelming challenges or the occasional bad day—but we can control how we react to them. In moments of stress, anger or other emotions, It’s important to pause and reflect on the factors that may have influenced those feelings, and the best way to cope with the situation.

Talk about tough feelings

Talking about our emotional struggles almost always helps us start feeling better. Speaking up is a sign of strength, and our friends and family members are usually more understanding and supportive than we thought they’d be. Start by sharing your feelings with someone you trust or reaching out to a counselor or therapist.

Need help now?

If you’re struggling and need to talk to someone, you are not alone. There are many free, confidential resources available 24/7.