Emotional healing is a critical part of your overall health. If you look at your body and its systems holistically, you’ll realize there are emotional, mental and spiritual aspects to health as well as physical. Being emotionally healthy doesn’t mean you’re always happy. What it does mean is that you’re aware of your emotions — positive or negative — and able to deal with them. You might feel angry, stressed out, or sad, but you know how to manage your emotions and recognize when you might need a little help sorting them out.

If you’re healthy emotionally, you’ll likely have better control over your feelings, thoughts and actions, which can help you in your career and relationships. Practicing emotional healing and taking care of your emotional health is a great way to ensure you can bounce back when things go wrong.

Emotional Healing is a Skill

You can learn emotional healing techniques just like you learn any other skill — by practicing. Here are a few ideas that could help you improve your emotional healing abilities.

Be Mindful

There is research that indicates that being mindful may help you be less emotionally reactive and get more satisfaction out of your relationships. Mindfulness may be as simple as putting down your phone when you’re around family and friends, taking a break from social media, or focusing mentally on the task at hand instead of thinking about past or upcoming events and worries. Mindfulness is an essential part of emotional healing.

Practice The Emotion Code

The Emotion Code® can help you with emotional healing by resolving negative energies from the past that could be trapped inside you. Trapped Emotions are literal, physical energies that may become lodged in any part of the body, and they could lead to emotional and physical distress. In a few simple steps, you could regularly clear out those energies and work toward emotional healing.

Get Enough Sleep

In your own experience, you might have noticed that when you’re tired, you tend to be cranky. You might react more quickly and severely to others, or feel a little down when you’re not getting enough sleep. If you’ve ever noticed this, science can back you up. A 2018 study found that sleep deprivation may make people more prone to negative, repetitive thinking. You might also be more prone to stress and anxiousness when you’re sleepy.

Stay Socially Connected

Isolating yourself could make emotional healing more difficult. Everyone needs alone time, but when you’re consistently isolated, it could make you more prone to feeling depressed or stressed. Be sure you stay emotionally connected to people in meaningful ways (beyond scrolling through social media). Say hi to strangers, schedule lunch with a friend, shoot the breeze with coworkers, and of course — call your mom. 😉  Even at times when it’s not possible to be together in person, use technology and good old-fashioned phone calls to connect with people and have real conversations.

Live a Balanced Life

Finding a balance between work and play is important for emotional healing. You probably love the feeling of contributing to your work and career, but you also need to play and let off steam. Don’t let your job or any other pursuit take over your life. Try to balance everything out with yin and yang.

Express Your Feelings

Keeping sadness, anger or worry inside can really stress you out. Let people know when something is bothering you. Find someone to talk to when you need to vent. Be mindful of how you do it, but letting your feelings out in appropriate ways — like an honest but tactful conversation — can go a long way toward emotional healing.

Emotional healing is a vital part of an abundant, healthy, happy life. Try to take an active role in preserving and improving your emotional health so you can enjoy the best this life has to offer.