Staying healthy is way beyond checking your blood pressure, eating balanced diets, going for medical checkups and drinking lots of water. Although those are very great steps, you must ensure that you also check up your emotional health because whatever goes wrong with your emotions can have a great effect on your body.

There are many ways to stay emotionally healthy and in this article, we will be showing you four simple biblical ways that you can stay emotionally healthy.

1. Manage your anger

Anger is not such a bad thing when you’ve got it under control. We do get angry for so many things and anger at some point can help us take the necessary actions.  Some people left abusive relationships because they got angry of the situation and decided to take a walk, some left their abusive boss because they got angry and decided to take actions, some got angry about rape and decided to seek justice. So, while anger is cool when under control, it can be very destructive when you let it get out of control.

Anger is like a beast, the more you are able to cage it, the less damage it would cause. Many people take actions under the heavy influence of anger and they always look back to regret their actions. Whenever we have a loose hold on the reins of anger, we must avoid making any decisions or taking any action at that time.

The Christian Holy Book has this to say about anger “And don’t sin by letting anger control you… For anger gives a foothold to the devil.” Being angry in itself is not a bad thing, you have emotions and a part of it is anger which can be triggered by displeasing occurrences. But when you live at the mercies of your anger, it breaks your emotional health. 

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 “Prolonged bouts of anger can take the toll on the body in the form of high blood pressure, stress, anxiety, headaches and poor circulation. Research also shows that even one five-minute episode of anger is so stressful that it can impair your immune system for more than six hours.” wrote Dr Cynthia Thaik, cardiologist, author and founder of Revitalize-U.

Anger flows through a process that must be slowed down. You aren’t being a coward to be slow in anger, it is, in fact, the biggest display of strength as the Christian Holy Book says “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; he that rules his spirit is better than he who rules a city.”

2. Think Positive and Right

Many people don’t know that the way they think is a big deal. Many times, our actions and experiences are shaped by what we pay attention to. You can learn to start thinking the right thoughts and staying positive all the time. You can read inspiring books, listen to great songs and set your mind on the right things even when things are going wrong. The Christian Holy Book says “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he…”

We are often the product of our thoughts; it conditions our heart and directs us into the next line of action. More than that, positive thinking has a positive effect on our health. According to the Mayo Clinic blog, “positive thinking doesn’t mean that you have to keep your head in the sand and ignore life’s less pleasant situations. Positive thinking just means that you approach unpleasantness in a more positive and productive way, not the worst.”

According to research, positive thinking can increase one’s life span, lower the rate of depression, improve resistance to the common cold, improve one’s psychological and physical well-being, improve cardiovascular health and improve coping skills during hardship.

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Positive thinking is something you can practice every day until it becomes a part of you. One of the ways to improve in positive thinking is seeing your mistakes as an opportunity to learn rather than judging yourself.

3. Associate with motivators

No matter how smooth life is, everyone needs a motivator once in a while or even all the while. There are times you may be too weak to take a step or do the right thing but it is the people you keep around you that will often motivate you into doing the right thing. You don’t need people who will constantly judge you or criticize you, you need people who you can trust with your plans, and they can discuss your failures with you from an informed position.

The Christian Holy Book says “where no counsel is, the people fail: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.” One of the reasons you need motivators is that even when things don’t go right, they encourage you and push you to go forward. They are like friends holding a ladder for you as you climb up. While it is possible that you may fall off the ladder, they are always there to catch you.

Aside from keeping friends who motivate you or staying around mentors, you also need to read great inspiring and motivational books. The big deal about motivation is this; it works for you as much as you can accept it.

4. Be A Motivator

Have you noticed that you learn much more when you teach others? Have you ever noticed that you are more fulfilled when you reach out to others than when you decide to stick to yourself? That is the beauty of giving out.

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You don’t just have to be at the receiving end, you aren’t the only one who needs motivation, there are so many people out there looking for a shoulder to lean on. It doesn’t mean you have to solve anyone’s problems but you can motivate people and let them find meaning in life. How does this improve emotional health? I will tell you.

When you encourage people, you are finding more courage to live because you aren’t living just for yourself any more but for others. People who go through heartbreaks heal faster when they start encouraging others and using their stories to help other broken people. Whatever you give will definitely come back to you. When you give out motivation or support, you will also find the same.

Are there any more ways to stay emotionally healthy? Let’s read your comments.

By Onyedikachukwu Nnadozie

George is a brand strategist at Funtrick Technology, an author and a public speaker. He takes time to write on George's Diary. He also writes his opinions on politics and similar subject on Gist Afrique.

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