Understanding the importance of Emotional Wellbeing

Published 08/03/2021

So tell me, what is Emotional Wellbeing?

Social and emotional wellbeing is essential for our overall health and wellbeing. Being socially and emotionally well means being able to acknowledge your capacity, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and efficiently and contribute to your community in a meaningful way.

Stressful work environments are never pleasant for anyone, long work hours and low morale contribute to higher levels absenteeism and sick leave and can have a negative effect on our social and emotional wellbeing.

Recognising and promoting social and emotional wellbeing within the workplace can have a positive impact on employees.

Understanding why these pillars of wellbeing are important

Strictly speaking, Emotional wellbeing is being able to manage our feelings – both the pleasant and unpleasant ones – so they do not impact our life negatively.

Think of emotional wellbeing like acknowledging your mood and identifying any chronic feelings of stress or fatigue, sometimes we all are doing a little too much and we need to understand how to take a break.

Research tells us that a steady state of emotional wellbeing is linked to:

  • Effective learning
  • Productivity
  • Creativity
  • Good relationships
  • Good health
  • Living longer

Some tips to better balance your Emotional Wellbeing

Most of us experience wellbeing when we achieve things we enjoy doing or are passionate to achieve including, have a think about how you feel emotionally when you’re doing the things you enjoy:

  • Relationships
  • Jobs, education or other activities
  • Financial health
  • Physical health
  • Spiritual health

Be clear and okay with identifying times of poor emotional wellbeing. Keep in mind when we struggle to deal with our unpleasant feelings and can’t seem to ‘bounce back’, we are experiencing poor emotional wellbeing.

Use the resources at your disposal – Human Resource departments or Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at work, incorporate less stress in your life by learning to say ‘no’, understand the best ways for you to balance your workload in and out of work and start making more time for you to do the things you enjoy.

If you are wanting the tools and education to better manage and identify your states of emotional, mental and physical wellbeing, start your journey with the Hoap platform today. 

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