Understanding Mental Health vs Emotional Health

BY MICHELLE TAFOYA | EMOTIONS

Understanding the difference between mental health and emotional health is very important to know how to keep them in balance. 

Nowadays, the health of emotions is on the rise. It has become as important as physical health since we are living in a society with people becoming more and more ill, with greater numbers of depression and also anxiety. 

But do you know what mental health is? And how does it differ for emotional health? Understanding the characteristics of each can be very important when it comes to preventing and protecting yourself from diseases that can affect us psychologically. 

We will then in this article explain the difference between mental health and emotional health and what you can do to keep them in balance.

What is Mental Health? 

When we talk about mental health, we are talking about the individual’s state of balance with the environment in which he 

lives. A person with strong mental health does not find problems in the difficulties of their routine, whether in t he family or professional environment.

When emotions are well managed, the demands of everyday life are dealt with naturally. Mental health is directly linked to the brain, so the professionals who specialize in it are psychiatrists and psychologists. 

What is Emotional Health? 

Emotional health is certainly linked to mental health. However, it involves more specific issues, such as the control of behaviors and feelings present in our daily lives. 

Lack of motivation, procrastination, and apathy are examples of the consequences of poor emotional health. It is associated with the feelings and the effects that certain situations impact us.  Emotions in emotional health also often affect our relationship with the people around us. 

What is the Difference Between Mental Health and Emotional Health? 

While mental health deals with a state of psychological balance and the absence of disorders such as depression and anxiety, emotional health encompasses the individual’s state of mind. 

Throughout the day, a person may experience various emotional states, experiencing changes in mood and feelings, such as anger, sadness, and euphoria. That is emotional health.

Mental health, on the other hand, involves the brain and neurological issues. When it is affected, it means that the individual is experiencing disorders such as depression, anxiety, substance abuse, etc… 

However, mental health and emotional health are directly related. If one does not do well, the other will certainly be changed. A person with mental health problems will certainly not cope well with their feelings and emotions on a daily basis. And in many cases, it is the altered emotions that can lead to a decline in mental health. 

How to Keep Them in Balance? 

No person is free to develop changes in mental health. And as emotions are closely linked to the mind, any situation can bring problems to the fore, especially past psychological traumas, emotional traumas, and genetic causes. 

But some attitudes can prevent and reduce the likelihood of mental health becoming impaired. In some cases – in the more advanced ones – only medical intervention and monitoring can help. However, for those who are still in the field of prevention, small attitudes can change the way we think, such as taking situations with more optimism, avoiding isolation and seeking more satisfaction in life, are practical examples.

Emotional Health: Taking Care of the Quality of Your Thoughts

The emotional health concerns start with the perception of onself and ones self-esteem. When one is healthy, the individual knows their emotions (anger, fear, joy), keeping his balance and behavior under control in stressful everyday situations. 

The main characteristic of emotional health is linked to the content of thoughts, which can be pessimistic or optimistic. When harmed, the person is trapped in a pattern of negative thoughts most of the time.

Thus, the main symptom that emotional health is not going well is the constant fluctuation of behavior, between happy and sad, agitated, and apathetic, in addition, to easily losing enthusiasm.

Emotions are a vital part of people’s daily lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re laughing at a TV show or feeling uncomfortable with traffic. These ups and downs that you feel can affect your well-being. Without control, thoughts and emotions can ruin any good mood. Over time, this can become so common that it even seems normal.

How to take care of them

Both have basically the same paths, and self-care is one of them. Although affected mental health does require psychological or sometimes psychiatric follow-up, some attitudes and changes in routine and thinking patterns can help. 

  • Work out. The movement generates positive physiological reactions, with the production of neurotransmitters. Endorphins and serotonin are released into the blood and cause well-being, optimism, and disposition. That is why the WHO recommends exercise as the main ally of diseases such as depression and physical inactivity (which leads to potentially lethal diseases such as obesity and diabetes).
  • Meditate. The meditation has the power to modulate brain activity and change patterns. When doing daily meditation, from five to 20 minutes a day, in eight weeks it is possible to notice an improvement in concentration, mindfulness, and more self-knowledge to recognize behaviors and emotions.
  • Cultivate your self-esteem. Exercise your mind to see the qualities that make you a unique human being. Jotting everything down on paper or keeping a diary on how you feel are visualization strategies that help to identify source of your insecurities and imbalances.
  • Block out. at least one hour of your day to do something that gives you joy and relaxation. Hobbies like running, practicing yoga, reading, learning something new are stimulating and renew the willingness to face the day today.
  • Spend time with positive friends and loved ones whenever possible. A good conversation never hurts anyone and can be therapeutic. Whether to vent, to have a good laugh … Always be surrounded by people who can raise your energy level in a positive way.
  • Seek professional help, even if you don’t have a mental disorder. Therapy or Life Coaching is a way to get to the bottom of emotions and resolve internal conflicts, especially if you have difficulty opening up to friends and family.

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