Stable and Balanced

Take care of your emotional healthEvery woman can achieve personal success when she employs wisdom, willingness and work ethic. An often overlooked tool for success is maintaining good emotional health. According to the American Psychological Association, emotional health, which is the ability to self-regulate one’s emotions even during challenging times, is a major stepping stone to personal success. Simply put, a stable, balanced woman can achieve more. Aspiring, high-achieving women who want to maintain a successful lifestyle must commit to caring for their emotional health. A women’s body gives signals of sickness and disease. Aches, pains, fatigue, abnormal bloodwork, weight gain/loss and headaches are all common indicators that the body is not operating at peak performance. The severity and impact of the illness depends on when and how a woman responds to the warning signs. Emotional health functions in a similar manner. The brain sends clear indicators that one’s emotions are not at optimal levels. Unfortunately, many women think the warning signs concerning their emotional health--such as fatigue, stress, fogginess, irrational thoughts and anxiety-- are simply “busy as usual” or life in general. Ignoring these warning signs can be as dangerous as ignoring numbness on your left side with slurred speech.

Women must be proactive about their emotional fitness and be willing to protect it at all costs. This begins with accepting the fact that women, no matter how smart and strong, are not superheroes. Women do not have super powers. Many women boast on the verse, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” The key words are through Christ, women can do all things. The belief and the burden are on Christ, not on the individual. Women were not created to carry more than their emotional share. Women were created to only carry their portion and allow God to lead them in how to handle the rest. Women must protect their emotional health by setting boundaries on what they can handle.

There are times when some women will exceed their emotional boundaries to the degree they can no longer self-regulate their emotions. In these cases, it is vitally important that women get the help they need to be emotionally healthy. As with physical illness, there are various ways to treat emotional illness. Treatment can be as simple as taking a mental health day (or two). It can include diet or environmental changes. Treatment can mean going to see a licensed counselor, therapist, psychologist or psychiatrist. The key is for women to secure the professional help that leads back to total health.

Women are powerful and are built for success, but not when it comes at the expense of one’s mental well-being. Women who want to be their very best and offer the best to the people they love must nurture and protect their emotional health. It must be a priority.