Learning about emotional health is a two-pronged approach. First, stay involved in reading and learning about how thoughts affect your moods and how moods affect your health. There is a lot of current information about emotional health. This is an ongoing practice of increasing emotional intelligence and staying sharp with what knowledge and skills you have already gained.
Second, take the continued learning and internalize it, activating these principles of awareness so that they become a part of YOU. Implementing actions and behaviors of kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, and joy, etc. so that these states of mind become the new norm. Of course, developing wisdom and applying this knowledge definitely takes more effort, but with practice, it can be done. Making a change in behavior and attitudes affects all areas of our lives including health, relationships, and financial abundance. YOU are worth it and you can continue to develop and strengthen these mental muscles as you do the deep work necessary to make a change in your life.
Establishing healthy mental/emotional patterns requires gentle reminders, self-awareness, an increased level of consciousness, and implementing new patterns in order to make a change. After coming out of 2020 and moving into 2021, we have a great opportunity to lean into change, exercise better skills for self-care, and show more kindness towards ourselves and others. These practices can help override feelings of powerlessness and can stop our need to complain or blame, or stay stuck in negativity.
REMOVE TOXIC EMOTIONS AND REPLACE WITH TRUTH
Replace negative thoughts of judgment, criticism, or condemnation towards self and others with positive affirmations that validate and build.
Use journaling as a way to do mini-processing by participating in free writing. Writing out negativity (at least 3 – 6 pages) and then observe how that release opens the heart for compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude.
Practice quieting the mind, participate in regular meditation. Exercise mindfulness muscles by catching yourself when you are not in present time. Notice when you are ruminating about the past or worrying about the future. Bring your attention and focus back into present time. PRACTICE STAYING PRESENT.
Be sure to have a regular exercise program at least 3 – 4 times a week. This can clear emotional and mental congestion.
Focus on what is working. Celebrate the good in you and the good you see in others.
These 5 tips can help us transition from emotional issues that surfaced during the isolating, uncertain, slow-moving year of 2020 and can help free us up emotionally and generate momentum as we take action in 2021 to build a strong emotional core in the New Year.
Join us as we start the year-long IPT Certification Course beginning January 13 and 14. Be the change you want to see in the world.