FINDING TIME FOR YOU

 7 months ago

written by Ken Hopper, MD


Are you able to self-soothe? Are you aware of your emotions, thoughts, feelings and behaviors? Do you utilize healthy ways to cope with stress and problems? Can you empathize with the emotions and feelings of others? If so, then more than likely you have good emotional health. However, living in today’s world, in the hustle and bustle and the roller coaster of gains and losses our emotional health can be disrupted and leave us feeling sad, stressed out, or anxious.

Instances That Disrupt Your Emotional Health

  • The death of a loved one
  • Losing your job
  • Getting divorced or married
  • Financial strain
  • Moving
  • Having a baby
  • Getting a job promotion

As you can see, perceived “real” changes in our life can cause as much strain on our emotional health as “bad” changes. Your body is the perfect gauge of your emotional health. It instinctively responds to how you think, feel, and act. You may have heard of this referred to as the “mind/body connection.” If you are feeling sad, stressed out or anxious, your body tells you. For example, a stomach ulcer may develop after an incredibly stressful event.

Physical Signs of Disrupted Emotional Health

  • Increase or loss of appetite
  • Chest pain
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Back pain
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia

To gain your personal emotional health back; it’s important to make changes to your lifestyle. Lifestyle changes alone can help relieve depression or anxiety and resolve stressful situations. If you don’t feel relief in symptoms after a few months, seek professional help. Also, if you are suffering from moderate to severe depression or anxiety seek professional help.

Lifestyle Changes That Can Help

  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Limit alcohol intake
  • Meditate
  • Get massages
  • Cultivate a positive social circle
  • Sleep at least 7 hours every night
  • Try to choose a different thought or positive perspective

To have good emotional health, take care of yourself. And seek help when you aren’t able to resolve feelings of sadness or stress, there’s no reason to go through life feeling anything but happy.

Dr. Ken Hopper and The Hopper Group welcome you to their practice. Having practiced Psychiatry throughout his twenty-five-year career, Dr. Hopper is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Hopper has been named a Top10MD, an honor only 1-in-3 doctors succeed with this recognition in the United States. Contact Dr. Hopper’s office at 817-274-8800 to schedule your appointment today!

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