What is it?
Emotional well-being refers to the awareness and understanding a person has about their emotions and how well they are able to manage through different life events.
Emotional well-being, or emotional health or wellness, refers to how well people are able to accept and manage their emotions and cope with challenges throughout life.
Why is emotional well-being important?
According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), emotional well-being is important because it can affect how people function and carry out everyday tasks.
It can also affect how well individuals are able to handle stressful situations and challenges, how they adapt to change, and how they respond to difficult life events.
Emotional well-being can affect relationships, school, and overall mental and physical health.
Issues with emotional well-being can also affect physical health and may lead to higher blood pressure, a weakened immune system, and increased illness.
Factors that can influence emotional well-being
Factors that can influence emotional well-being may include:
In children and adolescents
A child’s emotional well-being is equally as important as their physical health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that being mentally healthy can help children to:
Emotional well-being issues in children can lead to problems in school, at home, and in their ability to form relationships.
Tips to improve emotional well-being in children and adolescents
The National Health Service (NHS) recommends that parents and caregivers:
If a parent or caregiver has concerns about a child’s emotional well-being, they may find it beneficial to speak with their teacher, pediatrician, or other healthcare professional.
Signs children are experiencing difficulties with their emotional well-being
Parents and caregivers can look for the following signs:
Tips to improve emotional health and well-being
The following strategies can be used for improving emotional health and well-being: