Tip #20: Emotional Balance
How Can Emotions be Balanced
Emotional balance does not mean a flat line on your emotions. Your emotions will change, fluctuate and move from one direction to another. You will feel sad, happy, mad and blessed possibly all in one minute.
I like to think of it as a teeter totter. You know how you go up and then down, and then up and down again-that is balance. Have you ever been on a teeter totter when one person decides to get off? You crash- that is not balance. Our goal is to feel the ebb and flow of moving up and down on the teeter totter of life without the emotional crash.
Emotional balance occurs when we allow ourselves to feel whatever comes up, without stifling or being overwhelmed by it, and learn to accept our feelings without judgment. Most people try to avoid feeling their emotions and either deny them or overreact. This is when emotions can be stored in our body and cause health issues.
How do you know if you have emotional balance? If you find that you respond instead of react to situations you have found emotional balance- at least in that area.
Let’s look at how we can live a proactive lifestyle that will bring emotional balance in our lives.
10 Ways to Improve Emotional Balance
- Breathing: Do you ever find yourself holding your breath, sighing regularly or breathing erratically? These are signs that you need to improve your emotional state. Take a breathing break. Take 10 deep breaths in and out and concentrate on your breath not the rest of the world.
- Practice gratitude: When you feel that emotional rise within, during a situation you cannot control, it is time to stop and find something in that moment to be grateful for regarding the situation.- Teenager talking back and not giving you respect. Stop, breathe and be grateful that they are home safe.
- Feel that emotion: Each emotion has the ability to teach you something in the moment. Do not deny it and do not drown in it either. Feel it and act (not react) accordingly. -Sadness comes upon you. Ask yourself, “why am I sad”. Maybe something reminded you of your grandma and you miss her. Take that moment to breathe, be thankful for the days you had with her and be okay with the sadness you feel for the amount of time you need to feel it before moving on.
- Move yourself from the situation: Sometimes you just need to move yourself away from the situation causing the emotional turmoil. You may need to find a quiet spot for a few minutes (bathrooms work well) or you may need to schedule some time away for a few hours, days or maybe it’s time for a vacation.
- Listen to music: Studies show that both sad music and upbeat music has helped people with their emotions. See what type of music helps you in different situations and use music as a tool.
- Yoga: Scientific evidence has shown that yoga, a mind and body exercise, helps to bring emotional balance to those that practice regularly.
- Read a good book: Sometimes we just need to get away from our own problems and see life from a different perspective. Reading a good book and allowing us to feel emotions outside of our own life can help with emotional balance.
- Keep a journal: Writing how you feel in a journal can help you deal with your emotions in a very therapeutic and productive way.
- Reflect: Whether you write it down, think about it or pray about it. Reflecting at the end of the day on both your positive and negative emotions may allow you to release the negative ones in a positive and productive manner.
- Seek support: You may need the counsel of a professional or that have a friend or family member to discuss your emotions and find a way to put them in perspective. Holding on and bottling them up is not conducive to balancing your emotions.
Putting It All Together
Are you emotionally balanced? Do you find yourself reacting more than responding? Do you need a little help in the emotional balance department? You are not alone. I didn’t even know that I could work on my emotional health until I was 40 years old. This morning, I used 5 of the techniques above to deal with my emotions. I think I stayed fairly balanced- I responded to the situation and did not throw my computer out the window:)
Emotional balance is just one part of living a life of wellness, that leads to better health. If you are interested in learning how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
Our Growing E-Course has A LOT of information on emotions and tools, recipes and products to help you on your wellness journey. I would love to share Day #27 this email will help you learn a technique to release negative emotions. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator
I am a M.O.M: Mom on a Mission to help educate and empower other mom’s to build healthy homes and bodies, and have the energy to do the things they enjoy with their families.