Practicing and Cultivating Emotional Hygiene.

Who has time for the luxuries of “self-care” when modern living is so hectic? While getting a massage, taking a yoga class or simply sitting down for a home cooked meal sounds great, fitting it into the average day can seem daunting. Some days, it’s enough to just unplug for an hour or two.

Keeping up your emotional hygiene, i.e. taking care of emotional health, doesn’t have to feel like yet another thing you have to do. Read on to learn how just being mindful of your environment and community can contribute to your well-being and happiness in the long ru

1. Creating a Happy Environment

Our environment can build roadblocks or break down barriers to happiness. There are concrete things you can do to design your environment that range from simply buying a green plant to finding friends that make you laugh.

2.Practicing “Soft Skills”

With growing globalization and complexity of our societies, “soft skills” have become increasingly important but rarely practiced. Skills like empathy, compassion, and taking the perspective of another person, allow for a better understanding of others’ feelings which is crucial for successful cooperation and support.

3. How do we get better at these skills? Practice them!

The brain shows growth when certain social skills are practiced. Focusing on being present, practicing compassion and putting yourself into the shoes of others has a direct impact on conflict resolution skills, empathy and compassion.

4. Lending a Hand

We often ask people to give us their hand, try to fix their problem and offer advice, but it is most beneficial to simply lend a hand and listen. Supporting the people you love can actually boost your mood and improve your health.

5. What to take away

How you feel is important, listen to your body and mind. Pay attention to emotional pain and understand its impact. The world can be difficult to navigate, but practicing the right skills can prepare you for any bumps along the road. Building your ideal environment, practicing these vital “soft skills” and reaching out to the people you love, all while paying attention to how you feel, gives us a toolbox to pull from when the going gets tough.