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How to Improve Emotional Wellness: 5 Tips

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and after the year we’ve just endured, it can’t come soon enough.

Before we dive into things you can do to improve your emotional wellness, we need to distinguish between mental health and emotional health. These terms are often used interchangeably, but they’re not the same.

Mental health is a person’s ability to process information.

Emotional health is a person’s ability to express feelings (which are based on thoughts and information).

Mental health and emotional well-being are closely linked—you can’t really have one without the other. Think of them as partners working together in a constant dance.

Nurturing your emotional health can also help improve your mental health. But this is not to say that mental health is purely a matter of the choices you make. People struggling with issues like major depression, phobias, or attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often need specialized medical care and medications to manage their condition. There’s absolutely no shame in this.

Building good emotional health is a process. Chances are you’re already doing some things to foster emotional well-being. Here are some to consider:

1: Ask for help