What is Emotional Health?
Holistic health has many components. The components are physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health. Emotional health is a very important aspect of holistic health. Emotional health pertains to people’s emotions and feelings about the world around them and the events that take place in their lives. Emotional health is defined by Dr. Doris Jeanette as “the degree in which you feel emotionally secure and relaxed in everyday life. An emotionally healthy person has a relaxed body, an open mind, and an open heart” ” (2015)
An emotionally healthy person has a
relaxed body, an open mind, and an open heart.
Emotional health can be the result of positive life experience or events. Some positive life experiences or events include, but are not limited, in the following:
- Getting good grades in school
- Having good friends
- Being in a healthy romantic relationship
- Reaching a personal goal
- Graduating from college
- Getting a promotion at work
- Having a baby
- Being happily married for a long time
One important aspect of emotional health is the
ability to maintain healthy relationships.
How Important is it to Have Healthy Relationships?
One important aspect of emotional health is the ability to maintain healthy relationships. To attain good emotional health, you could seek a healthy relationship with someone who makes you feel comfortable, secure, and safe. Certainly people do not need to be in a relationship to be emotionally healthy, but strong healthy relationships can lead to stronger emotional health and provide many benefits.
For example, I feel that I am in a stable and healthy romantic relationship. I have been with my fiancé for over six years now. He has many characteristics that bring joy to my life and thus making me feel emotionally secure. Before I met him, I wasn’t a very confident or outgoing person. He has helped me come out of my shell and be more assertive. Our relationship is not perfect. We both have quirks that annoy one another, however I feel that if you truly care for someone, those little problems don’t really matter in the grand scheme of things.
What are the Benefits of a Healthy Relationship?
Being in a healthy romantic relationship can bring about many health benefits. In an article written by Harvard Health Publications (2010), it describes the health benefits of being in a strong relationship.
The researchers conducted a study that involved married couples. The format of the results from the study have been altered to make them easier to view. The researchers concluded that married couples or people in long lasting committed relationships take better care of themselves, possibly to continue their relationship with their significant other, thus increasing their quality of life. The health benefits of being in a healthy relationship are as follows:
- Lower risk of cardiovascular disease
- Lower risk of developing dementia
- Relieve harmful levels of stress
- Increase immune functions
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduce chances of developing depression
- Less anxiety
Positive Relationship Characteristics (Green Flags)
It’s crucial to be a relationship with someone whom you are compatible with, otherwise the results can be dangerous. I will categorized positive relationship characteristics as green flags and negative ones as red flags. In an article written by Campbell University (2015), it lists the green flag characteristics of a healthy relationship in the following:
- Honestly & Accountability
- Open Communication
- Negotiation & Fairness
- Economic Partnership
- Shared Responsibility
- Shared Power
- Trust & Support
- Non-Threatening Behavior
- Physical Affection
- Personal Integrity
Positive relationships foster good health and negative relationships can bring about poor health. Image: NY Times, “Is Marriage Good for Your Health?” Published: April 14, 2010
Negative Relationship Characteristics (Red Flags)
In an article by Psychology Today (2014), the red flags of a bad partner are presented as ten key points to look out for in a relationship. The red flags are provided, but not limited, to the following:
- Lack of communication
- Irresponsible, immature, and unpredictable
- Lack of trust
- Significant family and friends don’t like your partner
- Controlling behavior
- Feeling insecure in a relationship
- A dark or secretive past
- Non-resolution of past relationships
- The relationship is built on the need to feel needed
- Abusive behavior
The health benefits of having good emotional health as a result of being in a healthy relationship are substantial.
Being in a relationship with someone who makes you feel loved, respected and secure can’t be understated. Every person, no matter who you are, wants to have a genuine connection with another human being on a deep emotional level and everyone should have the chance to meet a wonderful person to spend his/her life with. As stated earlier in the article, the health benefits of having good emotional health as a result of being in a healthy relationship are substantial.
Campbell University. (2015). Characteristics of a Healthy, Functional Romantic Relationship. Retrieved February 18, 2015, from http://www.campbell.edu/pdf/counseling-services/characteristics-of-healthy-romantic-relationships.pdf
Harvard Health Publications. (2010). Good connections can improve health and longevity. The health benefit of strong relationships. Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/the-health-benefits-of-strong-relationships
Holistic Psychology. (2015). Emotional Health Definition. What is Emotional Health? An Emotional Health Definition. Retrieved February 17, 2015, from http://www.drjeanette.com/emotionalhealth.html
Psychology Today. (2014). These are the things you should never ignore. 10 Relationship Red Flags. Retrieved February 18, 2015, from https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-flux/201407/10-relationship-red-flags
This article is written by Hang Pham. Hang Pham is a Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance Health and Wellness Educator. Hang Pham was born in Hoc Mon, Vietnam. She came to America in 1994, becoming a U.S. citizen in 2011. Hang graduated from Seaside High School with diploma and received her AA in General Studies from Monterey Peninsula College in 2011. She received her BA in Collaborative Health and Human Services from California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 2012. In addition to working as a volunteer staff with the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance, she currently works as a Clerical Aid in the Human Resources Department of Salinas City Hall. The Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit health and wellness education organization. For more information about the Monterey Bay Holistic Alliance contact us or visit our website at www.montereybayholistic.com. All images are copyright free, from www.pixabay.com unless otherwise noted.
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