Embracing Emotional Wellness

May 15, 2014

By Jeff Jones, Clinical Director Community Recovery Resources
Submitted May 8, 2014

Being emotionally well is more than just handling stress. It also involves being attentive to your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, whether positive or negative.

Time waits for no manPeople who are emotionally healthy are in control of their emotions and their behavior. They are able to handle life’s challenges, build strong relationships, and recover from setbacks. But just as it requires effort to build or maintain physical health, so it is with mental and emotional health. Improving your emotional health can be a rewarding experience, benefiting all aspects of your life, including boosting your mood, building resilience, and adding to your overall enjoyment of life.

What is emotional health?
Mental or emotional health refers to your overall psychological well-being. It includes the way you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties.

Good mental health isn’t just the absence of mental health problems. Being mentally or emotionally healthy is much more than being free of depression, anxiety, or other psychological issues. Rather than the absence of mental illness, mental and emotional health refers to the presence of positive characteristics. Similarly, not feeling bad is not the same as feeling good. While some people may not have negative feelings, they still need to do things that make them feel positive in order to achieve mental and emotional health.

Emotional wellness is about finding and maintaining our emotional equilibrium, our feeling rheostat. Emotional wellness is tied up in our ability to self regulate; To bring ourselves into balance when we fall out of it. Balance is that place where our thinking, feeling and behavior are reasonably congruent; where we operate in an integrated flow.

When our emotions are out of control, so is our thinking. When we can’t bring our feeling and thinking into some sort of balance, our life and our relationships show it. Emotions impact our thinking more than our thinking impacts our emotions. Our limbic system, where we experience and process emotion, actually sends more inputs to the thinking part of our brain, i.e. the cortex, than the opposite. (Damassio)

Mental-Hygiene1The essence of Emotional Wellness is good self regulation. Self regulation means that we have mastered those skills that allow us to balance our moods, our nervous systems, our appetites, our sexual drive, our sleep. We have learned how to tolerate our intense emotions without acting out in dysfunctional ways, clamping down or foreclosing on our feeling world or self medicating.

Addiction and compulsive, unregulated behaviors reflect a lack of good self regulation. To maintain our emotional equilibrium, we need to be able to use our thinking mind to decode and understand our feeling mind. That is, we need to feel our feelings and then use our thinking to make sense and meaning out of them.

Signs and symptoms

Next Issue – July 2014: How Do We Learn to Self Regulate?

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2014 Dare to Dream Gala – February 22, 2014

January 5, 2014

The annual Full Circle gala began in 2008 to highlight the work we do with adolescents and their families in our community and celebrate their success.

All proceeds raised at this event fund our programs to help teens who are experiencing challenges with substance abuse.

Our event is attended by the local police, Sheriff, city council, school personnel, hospitals and businesses in our area that support the work we do and contribute generously to ensure these important services continue.

For more information, contact Kimberly Lindberg 530.878.5166 ext 264 or klindberg@corr.us

 

Upcoming Events

January 3, 2014

Upcoming Events to Save the Dates

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

March 2014

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

From our family to yours…

November 26, 2013

As we approach the
Thanksgiving holiday,
Community Recovery Resources
wants to say

Thank You

for all you do to help children and families in our community.

CoRR wishes you, your family and your friends a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday!

Introducing Full Circle Adolescent Services, a Division of Community Recovery Resources!

February 28, 2013

On March 1, 2013 Full Circle Adolescent Services, located in Roseville, CA, and Pathway to Prevention will become a part of Community Recovery Resources.  Full Circle Treatment Center is dedicated to changing lives, one teen, one family at a time through early intervention and treatment services. They have served hundreds of teens since they formed as a grassroots organization in

2008.


Warren Daniels
, CoRR CEO said “Our merged organization is actively committed to increasing access and broadening the scope of services provided to adolescents and their families in Placer County.”Pathway to Prevention is aligned in their mission of prevention and early intervention of teenage
alcohol and drug addiction, with a focus on education and awareness
.

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