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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 include1:

  • 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 opens new window from the West Central Florida Mental Wellness Coalition.

For parents

To help take care of your child’s emotional health2:

  • 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 1-800-611-1467 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eastern time

Resources

  1. Peterson, T. (2019, October 13). What Is Emotional Health? And How To Improve it?, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on February 5, 2020 from https://www.healthyplace.com/other-info/mental-illness-overview/what-is-emotional-health-and-how-to-improve-it, opens new window
  2. Children’s Mental Health. American Psychological Association. https://www.apa.org/pi/families/children-mental-health, opens new window. Last accessed: February 17, 2021.

Through our partnership with , SafeLink, PDF opens new window we make cellphones available to our members. These cellphones come with free data and call time each month. To learn more, or for help finding a doctor, call us at 1-800-611-1467 (TTY: 711).

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