By Sarah Miles
Taking care of our Emotional Health is just as important as look after our physical and mental health. A lot of people neglect their emotional health but feeling good about yourself and having self-confidence can massively affect how we live our lives every day.
Life has thrown me quite a lot of curve balls over the last year – the end of my long-term relationship, selling my home and my Dad passing away – all of these affected not only my physical health, but my emotional health as well. My self-belief and self-confidence hit rock bottom – I lost me, I lost the person I used to be, and I didn’t know how to find me again, but what I did know is that I couldn’t carry on feeling so lost.
So many different thoughts and emotions were going on inside my head, and yet I still had to keep going with normal everyday life. Having some normality and routine of going to work did really help, when everything else in my life had been completely tipped upside down, going to work became the only ‘normal’ thing in my life. When the things that are going on inside your head don’t seem to make any sense, how do you rationalize your thoughts and feelings?
How Journaling Helps:
Journaling has been my savior and I would probably go so far to say my lifesaver. Getting all the thoughts and emotions going on inside my head down on paper and out of my head has really helped me in ways that I can’t even explain. In those first few weeks when I started to journal, I would just write and write and looking back now, what I wrote doesn’t really make a lot of sense, but that’s the great thing about journaling – it doesn’t have to make sense, so long as it helps you process the thoughts that you are struggling with.
Without fail, every single evening, I will sit down with my journal and just write. Sometimes I will write how I am feeling emotionally and mentally, sometimes I will write how my day has been, sometimes I will write about what I am grateful for in my life, and sometime I will just write all the random and irrational things that are going on in my head.
I have come a long way in my emotional journey over the last few months, having the love and support of my amazing family and friends has really and truly helped me so much, and along with journaling, I am able to make sense of a lot of the thoughts and emotions that I have been experiencing, and come to terms with the huge sense of loss in my life.
The old Sarah has gone – she was so badly broken and heart-broken, but by looking after my emotional and mental health, I have discovered a new happier and stronger Sarah.