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Decipher Emotional Indicators, Boost Self-Awareness

Your emotions are speaking to you. Are you listening? It’s easy to overlook one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of our whole-person wellbeing. The logical patterns of culture and the codes of language shape much of our awareness. Making sense of our core identity isn’t easy when emotional indicators (the little voices in our heads) sometimes come out of left field.

Emotional Indicators Are An Invaluable Resource

Embrace your emotional indicators. The signals from our gut aren’t really fighting against our mental acuity. They’re actually silent helpers looking out for our best interests. Get in touch with your emotions. They’re one of the most important prognosticators of personal health. Start with giving your emotions equal attention with your other daily experiences. Interactions at work, with family—all your decision-making processes, to a certain extent—add to your emotional indicators. And everyone’s emotional language is unique. That’s why it can be so challenging and complex to decipher.

What Are Emotions, Really?

Emotions are the internal navigation system of our lives. The “feel” of a situation, person, or future choice is the bird’s eye view that predicts clear sailing or a rocky road. Don’t ignore it. Let it guide your decision making. Good choices will boost overall wellness, not deteriorate it with destructive stress.


How you express yourself depends on your emotional wellbeing. Do you lean toward the positive or the negative? Positive self-expression means your likely more in tune with your emotions. It also means you have a good balance in all six pillars of wellness. But if you’re the naysayer, the pessimist, the whiner, you may have underlying issues in other areas that erodes your self-esteem. Take a hard look at the other pillars of wellness: physical, social, spiritual, financial and intellectual. What improvements can you make in those?


Garbage in, garbage out. Your emotions translate and reflect your daily input of experiences. What balance of good and bad do you allow into your personal universe? Filter the input, which directly affects how “well” you are in every aspect of your life. The end result is your “mood,” and that affects your decision making. Choose the notes more carefully as you compose the daily song of your life. You’ll make sweeter music, heard by all around you.


Have you ever shifted your beliefs about something or someone because you learned something new? Changing your mind is okay and it happens a lot. When revelations cause a shift in our stance, it proves how strongly emotions are connected to our thoughts, opinions, and beliefs. Ultimately, emotions aren’t just components of our intellectual health. They’re also strong indicators of how we’re feeling physically and spiritually.


Emotions speak to our body. Our stomach, bladder, spine, and nervous system reflect our emotional wellness through pain, sensations, or debilitations. On the flip side, our emotions are also dictated by what our bodies are telling us. It’s a cycle of wellness or sickness. Depending on where you are on that spectrum, listening to your emotions could signal a physical issue. Don’t ignore your internal signals when they’re desperately trying to get your attention.

Learn A New Language

Deciphering emotional language can be challenging. But body language is clear if you know what you’re looking for. A study of body language will show how emotions shape what others see. Are you aware of the signals you’re sending? Try an experiment: Watch the body language of everyone you meet during the day. Look for a few of the most obvious signals:

  • Eye Contact: How often are you connecting?
  • Arms: Are they crossed, constantly moving, still?
  • Posture: Slouched, stiff, leaning in or out?
  • Personal Space: Too close or too far away?

Take an assessment of their body language to analyze your own. How do you reflect the above signals? Is your body language giving an accurate reflection of how you really feel or want to be seen by others? What adjustments can you make?

Daily Journey Of Discovery

Add something positive to your daily routine. Shift your focus to decipher your emotional indicators and how your body reflects them. Each new day can offer a new insight. Don’t judge yourself; try to discover yourself. Get in sync to enhance your emotional wellness pillar. As this gets stronger, your other wellness pillars will strengthen.

Finally, keep a daily journal as a guide for progress. As in most things: It’s quite possible you’ll learn something new every day!

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Emotional Wellness Begins With A Proactive Approach

Emotional wellness is the pillar that supports your mental health—and your ability to understand how and why you feel the way you do. It’s perhaps the least understood of our 6 Pillars of Wellness. But being aware of your feelings is not enough. It’s also important to understand how your feelings affect your day-to-day life, and how forces beyond your control impact emotional wellness.

Managing Your Emotional Wellness

If you believe controlling your feelings is beyond your grasp, think again. Believe it or not, you have plenty of influence. You can proactively shape your attitude toward more positive feelings. This will improve your overall mood and mental state. It’s no wonder the strength of the first two pillars of wellness (physical and emotional) determine the strength of the remaining four (social, intellectual, financial, and spiritual).

Accept Who You Are

The first step toward shaping your emotional wellness pillar is acceptance: accept who you are and how you feel about certain things. Give yourself permission to be happy with who you are and why you feel. Once you’ve chosen to accept your feelings, you’ve established firm footing toward stepping up your emotional wellness.

My Map Is Different From Yours

Mapping emotional wellbeing and mental health is unique to each individual. Much like a fingerprint, each map varies from one person to another. It’s important to understand we each see the world differently, and the world impacts each of us differently. Not only is that okay, it’s inherently human. The reasons for our differences may not be easy to define, or even justify. But identifying our trigger points on our emotional wellness roadmap will help us navigate around them, or meet them head on.

Let It All Out

Start your personalized blueprint: Express your emotions. Expose them to someone you trust who understands you. Loved ones are the obvious choice, and trusted friends are another. Depending on the complexity of your emotional pillar, it may be wise to consult a mental health professional. Counselors, psychiatrists and psychologists are trained to help you better understand yourself. Beginning your blueprint to emotional wellness with professional help can put you on a fast track toward achieving your goals.

Shine A Light On Triggers

Once we begin the process of expressing our feelings, we can recognize them. Now is the time to strengthen emotional expressions against our triggers. That’s how we make this pillar the basis for stronger bonds. Important relationships with family, friends and co-workers will improve. Why is that? Because the strength of your emotional pillar dictates the strength of your communication skills. And that’s a key ingredient for success in all the other pillars of wellness.

The basic elements of emotional wellness make a short list, but each of the three listed below has its complexities. How many can you relate to? How many have you already tackled?


It’s hard to go through life without experiencing depression at some point, on multiple levels. When it becomes debilitating, some look to professionals and consider antidepressants. Exercise may be a better option. In some cases, it’s almost as effective as antidepressants. And without the negative side effects. Exercise reduces inflammation, releases endorphins, increases libido, corrects sleep cycles, increases motivation, and even improves memory.

And let’s not forget the physical benefits. Supporting the physical pillar may also prevent a relapse of depression. Improved self-esteem and self-confidence are strong barriers against trigger points that pounce when we’re most vulnerable: Emotionally.


What happens when we know something has to be done but we don’t or can’t make it happen? Maybe we’re simply fearful of a situation or an outcome that seems beyond our control. We can combat tension and stress (the root of anxiety) with our body’s natural endorphins. Exercise, once again, is the key here. Fitness goals supporting the physical wellness pillar helps combat anxiety.

Say goodbye to your sedentary self and begin a physical cycle of positive activity. Soon, you’ll regain the clarity you need to take control of your stressors. Concentrate on breathing, endurance, distance, posture, and other elements. You’ll be meditating before you know it! Higher-intensity physical activity can elicit your fight or flight instinct. This naturally resets your brain to focus on the task at hand, not the cause of your anxiety. You may actually break the anxiety cycle, altogether.


Stress literally hurts your body. This intangible drag on your emotions has a tangible effect on your body. From muscle soreness to headaches, lack of sleep and even jaw pain from clenching teeth, the struggle is real. Did you know a sedentary lifestyle makes us more vulnerable to stress? Add in high-pressure situations from work, finances, or relationships and it gets even worse. Stress multiplies, too: As soon as notice its existence, it causes more stress! Exercise and nutrition will give your mind a break by forcing your focus on proactive activities. Get into a routine of reaching positive physical goals and break the stress cycle.


There are many more emotional symptoms that can be addressed with proper physical wellness. Mental health professionals would be a great resource for uncovering symptoms and finding healthy resolutions.

Importantly, as you strengthen your emotional pillar of wellness,

remember to be kind to and patient with yourself.

Treat negative feelings and emotional weakness as you would an injury to your physical body. You’ll recognize the importance for healing time. All wounds need to heal.

So, let’s start healing today!



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