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Emotional health

Your emotional health is an important part of your overall health and well-being. Taking care of your emotional health is just as important as taking care of your physical health.

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Your emotional health affects how you:

  • Act
  • Feel
  • Handle stress
  • Make healthy choices
  • Relate to others
  • Think

Taking care of your emotional health is important for children and adults, and can include[i]:

  • Being flexible when facing challenges
  • Being part of a social network or community
  • Creating and living a life with a sense of purpose
  • Identifying and improving personal strengths
  • Learning from and bouncing back from setbacks
  • Making time for hobbies and leisure activities
  • Seeing the positive in all situations – even bad situations

Check out this list of 10 tips for emotional wellness, PDF from the West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition.

For parents

To help take care of your child’s emotional health[ii]:

  • Be available for your children
  • Let your kids know you’re listening
  • Respond in a way your children will hear

To find a doctor who can talk with you about your or your child’s emotional health:

  • Use our Find a Doctor service
  • Call us at 800-611-1467 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastern time


[i] Peterson, T. (2019, October 13). What Is Emotional Health? And How To Improve it?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on January 19, 2023 from

[ii] Children’s Mental Health. American Psychological Association. Last accessed: January 19, 2023.

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