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What You Need to Know About Emotional Well-Being

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Improving emotional well-being can benefit your mental and physical health. It can also enhance your social connections to other people and your community. Image for illustration purposes
Improving emotional well-being can benefit your mental and physical health. It can also enhance your social connections to other people and your community. Image for illustration purposes
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KEY POINTS
Positive emotional well-being is when people manage emotions well and have a sense of meaning, purpose, and supportive relationships.
Positive emotional well-being can lower your risk of disease, sickness, and injury.
There are ways you can improve your overall emotional well-being.

What You Need to Know

Why it’s important
Positive emotional well-being helps people manage their thoughts and feelings.
People with positive emotional well-being have a sense of meaning and purpose.
Without positive emotional well-being people may have difficulty connecting socially.

Adapting to challenges

People who experience positive emotional well-being have the skills to adapt to and deal with life challenges. 

Skills that can create positive emotional well-being include: 
Identifying, processing, and expressing emotions in healthy ways.
Knowing how to deal with uncertainty, stress, and change.
Being able to work through disagreements.
Looking for solutions to problems in useful ways.
Asking others for help and support.

Health benefits

Improving emotional well-being can benefit your mental and physical health. It can also enhance your social connections to other people and your community.

Benefits of positive emotional well-being
Lower risk of disease, sickness, and injury.
Faster recovery after being sick or getting injured.
Improved mental health.
Being able to bounce back from negative experiences (resilience).
Stronger relationships and higher self-esteem.
Having a sense of contentment, meaning, and purpose in life.
Better productivity and performance at work.

A buffer against stress

People with positive emotional well-being can still feel sad or stressed during tough times. But they can manage these challenges better. 

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Improving emotional well-being
How to boost your emotional well-being
You can improve your emotional well-being by learning how to:
Identify your emotions.
Manage negative feelings.
Deal with stress.
Communicate better.
Work through problems.
Reach out to others for social support.
Practice mindfulness.

 

Other steps to take
It is also important to take care of physical health to improve your emotional well-being. Things you can do include:
Eat healthy.
Get enough sleep. 
Be active.
Limit alcohol use.
Avoid smoking, vaping, and using other tobacco products

Resources

Find tips for managing your emotions at How Right Now and for improving your emotional health at Emotional Wellness Toolkit.

Information Source: CDC

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