Emotional Wellness

A person’s Emotional Well-being is essential for their overall health. Yet approximately one in five people suffer from a mental health crisis every year. According to the National Center for Emotional Wellness, the term “emotional wellness” refers to a person’s “awareness, understanding, and acceptance of their emotions, and their ability to manage them effectively through life challenges and changes.” Being emotionally well does not necessarily mean that a person is happy all the time. It means a person can manage their emotions in ways that inspire them to make choices in their best interests. This includes tending to their physical, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual health. Considering that life is by nature ever-changing, it is inevitable that a person will, at least once in their lifetime, experience themselves in crisis, struggling to find balance amidst a storm. Navigating such challenges in isolation can often make them seem worse. Receiving support from a nonjudgmental, compassionate listener can greatly increase a person’s ability to cope, find solutions to their problems, and the courage to carry on.