Updated: Sep 26
Over the years, we have learned certain standards to keep our physical hygiene, environmental hygiene, and even our fiscal hygiene but when it comes to taking care of our emotions, learning about how to take care of it, and preaching about it even, we are far from behind. Emotional hygiene refers to the practice of taking care of your emotional well-being in the same way you would take care of your physical health.
Dr. Damanjit Kaur (MD Psychiatry)
Why is it important?
Stress is the precursor of many physical illnesses like hypertension, diabetes and even lowering the immunity system of the body. Just as you brush your teeth to maintain oral hygiene and exercise to keep your body fit, emotional hygiene involves actions and habits that help you manage your emotions and maintain good mental health. It’s very important to be mindful and create ways to help oneself from psychological injuries when we sustain them due to any reason, maybe failure, rejection, or chronic loneliness.
Here are some key points on emotional hygiene:
Do you know how your ruminating thoughts can have an impact on your efficiency in all the spheres of your life? Are you aware of the fact that negative self-talk impacts your emotional makeup? Yes! The foundation of emotional hygiene is self-awareness. Understand and acknowledge your emotions. Don't suppress them or deny their existence. Identify what you're feeling and why you're feeling that way.
Express Your Emotions:
It's important to express your emotions healthily. Bottling up feelings can lead to emotional stress and even physical health problems. Talk to someone you trust, write in a journal, or engage in creative activities like art or music to express your emotions.
Make self-care a priority in your daily routine. This can involve activities you enjoy, such as reading, taking baths, spending time in nature, or simply resting.
Mindfulness involves staying present in the moment without judgment. Mindful meditation and deep breathing exercises can help you manage stress and negative emotions effectively.
Regularly take time to reflect on the things you're grateful for. Cultivating a sense of gratitude can improve your overall outlook on life and help you focus on the positive.
Limit Exposure to Negative Influences:
Be mindful of the media and people you expose yourself to. Limit exposure to negative news or toxic relationships that can affect your emotional state.
Establishing and maintaining healthy boundaries in your relationships is crucial for emotional well-being. Learn to say no when necessary and prioritize your own needs.
Healthy Lifestyle Choices:
Physical and emotional health are closely connected. Eating well, getting regular exercise, and ensuring you get enough sleep can have a significant impact on your emotional state.
Seek Professional Help:
If you're struggling with persistent negative emotions, anxiety, depression, or other mental health issues, don't hesitate to seek help from a mental health professional. Therapy and counseling can provide valuable tools and support.
Remember that emotional hygiene is an ongoing process. Just like physical hygiene, it requires consistent effort and attention. By practicing these, you can foster emotional resilience and maintain a healthier and happier emotional state.
Dr. Damanjit Kaur (MD Psychiatry)
Faith Hospital, Chandigarh