WHY DAILY WORK?
If emotional health is your goal, then daily emotional exercise and hygiene practices are imperative - much like daily exercise for physical health and daily brushing for dental health. Yes, these four daily exercises are super simple, but they are incredibly valuable, as described below.
Journal at least one aspect you're grateful for and one regret (or mistake) experienced that day - along with a lesson learned (a way you can be empowered to prevent regret from happening again). It's the intention that counts.
“I'm utterly convinced the key to lifelong success is the regular
exercise of a single emotional muscle: GRATITUDE.”
Founder of Anytime Fitness
proven benefits of daily gratitude
Gratitude journaling deepens trust and connection with yourself and with and others.
2014 study in Emotion
Increases capacity to appreciate others' accomplishments rather than resent them—a major factor in self-esteem.
2014 study in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Spend 15 minutes describing grateful sentiments before bed, and you likely sleep better and longer.
2011 in Applied Psychology: Health and Well-Being
Increases happiness and reduces depression, enhances empathy and reduces aggression, increases kindness and decreases desires to react and seek revenge.
Robert Emmons, leading researcher
Fewer aches and pains, feel healthier, exercise more, practice self-care methods and attend regular check-ups - contribute to further longevity.
2012 study in Personality
Reduces stress, fosters resiliency for healing, empowers trauma recovery - veterans who practice gratitude experience lower rates of PTSD.
2006 in Behavior Research and Therapy
In order to have emotional health, we need to have emotional attunement. This practice may seem “too simple” yet it is an imperative to have awareness of your emotions (mindfulness) in order to practice Emotional Health Skills and enjoy emotional health overall. The Mood Meter App is a great option as well.
“Disengaging from tough emotions, doesn't make them don't go away; instead, they own us, they define us… in other words, the more we try to avoid our emotions, the more control they have over our thoughts and behavior."
Brene Brown, PhD
Emotions Consume or Overwhelm You
Lack of Purpose
All or Nothing Thinking
more emotional attunement
Emotions Inform and
Aligned with Values
Sense of Purpose
DAILY SIMPLE COMFORTS & oxytocin
Although we tend to focus on big goals in life, career success, relationships, and so forth, it is imperative we take time for "little" daily goals and simple comforts.
Why would something so simple have value? Studies reveal it's essential to provide moments of self-care if you expect to feel good in life. It's all about having the mindful "INTENTION" to care for yourself with the moment of the simple comforts.
why simple comforts?
Focuses attention on yourself (attention is love) in the moment and produces increased oxytocin (“feel good” neurochemical and hormone)
Action-oriented, intentional, compassionate self-care allows for a calmer nervous system. Also provides long-term emotional and physical health benefits
Consistent self-care with simple comforts, builds neuroplasticity (change in
neural connections), resulting in a more automatic sense of self-trust, love, self-fulfillment, and self-compassion
A more connected, trusting relationship with yourself transcends into more connected, authentic relationships with others and spiritual sense of connection overall.
“The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.”
John Kabat Zinn
Triggers ignite Fight-or-Flight emotional surges through your system, such as heightened emotions, anxiety, panic, anger, jealousy, self-berating, envy, resentment, etc. Triggers are personal. Different things trigger different people.