When we think of health, many of us think of the physical, spiritual, and mental parts of ourselves. We consider what kinds of nutritious foods we are eating, our weight, and exercising as a part of living a physically healthy life. We are a part of a religious group or ponder questions about where we come from or what our purpose is as a part of our spiritual health. We learn to become more aware of our thought lives and practice better processing and reasoning techniques in order to improve mental health.
But another part of us, often closely linked with our mental health, is emotional health. Emotions can feel unpredictable and confusing. They can be uncomfortable to experience or for others around us to witness. For this reason, it is tempting to shove away or try to ignore this portion of ourselves. However, I believe that each part of who we are is interdependent. Ignoring our emotions will eventually block our growth physically, mentally, or spiritually, causing significant problems in our lives.
Emotional health is about knowing yourself and your relationship to your emotions. This requires being able to approach and interact with both positive and negative emotions, feeling what needs to be felt in the moment, then letting it drift away in order to move forward in life.