Managing your emotions

Release the pressure

We all get stressed from time to time.

The important thing is to find ways to deal with it.

You should try to stay active — exercise can help you stay positive.

Try not to worry

There are some things in life that we just can’t control.

Disappointment, pain and grief are inevitable.

Accepting that these things are part of life will take you a long way to having overall good mental health.

Dwelling on them can lead to anxiety and depression.

Make sure you accept yourself — we are all different and nobody is perfect.

Share your feelings

Not everyone enjoys being around other people all the time, but a completely isolated life is unlikely to be a happy one.

Developing good relationships with our family and friends will support our sense of wellbeing.

Share your life with other people, even if it’s a just a small circle of trusted people.

Managing emotions and reactions to life experiences

Understanding yourself and managing change can only be done when you are able to recognise and deal with your emotions.

You will experience many emotions over your lifetime.

Here are five key ones that you will have to manage at some stage in your life.

Developing a positive self-concept

Balancing positivity with realism is vital to dealing successfully with the world around us.

It is difficult to interact with other people if you don’t have confidence in who you are and belief in your abilities.

It makes it hard to build the skills and personality traits that will help you succeed in your daily life and personal relationships.