Emotional Well-Being

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Your emotions are crucial to your ability to adapt to the challenges of your daily life. Emotions affect relationships with others. Here are some things you can do to begin understanding your emotions.

1-Minute Fixes

Smile - It is cheesy, but true! Smiling, even if it feels forced at first, can improve your mood.

Chewing gum - The repetitive action of gnawing on gum can promote relaxation and reduce anxiety and stress.

Jump around - Mild exercise like jumping jacks, jump rope, or just random flailing around produces endorphins that promote happiness.

5-Minute Fixes

Practice Gratitude - creating a list of things you’re grateful for can allow you to see the good in your life.

Music - Your mood can improve if you listen to a song that reminds you of a happy experience or a song that just makes you feel good.

Go somewhere quiet - Even if it’s just the bathroom, taking a few minutes to sit in a quiet place with no external stimulation can do wonders for a bad mood.

Laugh - Laughter can cheer you up and reduce anxiety. The great news is that your laugh doesn’t have to be genuine to improve your mood.

10-Minute Fixes

Call an upbeat friend - Talking to/spending time with calm, happy people, even for a few minutes, can improve your mood.

Declutter - Organizing can instantly help us feel calmer. Just five to ten minutes is enough to tackle a small project like a desk or kitchen table.

Vent to a friend - So long as it doesn’t go on and on (and on…), venting can make you feel better about things you are struggling or feeling frustrated with.

Get some sun - Head outside for a brisk walk. If that isn’t possible, station yourself near a window for a few minutes. A boost of vitamin D can help keep the blues at bay.

Celebrate good times - Look at happy photos or spend a minute or so thinking back on positive memories. Nostalgia can trigger happiness.

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Write it out

Writing what you are experiencing can help you identify the root of your emotions and visualize them.

Know that emotions help us navigate

All emotions, even the negative ones, help us navigate our lives.

Share your emotions with the people closest to you

Practicing putting your emotions to words is a skill that can help you feel closer to your friends, significant others, parents, coaches, mentors, etc.

**Note: These helpful tips may not work for you; research and try new things until you find what works!