The process of recognizing your worth and the worth of others. This part of wellness includes identifying and expressing your feelings in an appropriate way.
It also involves our ability to:
- manage our short-term and long-term stressors (short term stressors may be a test you have to take or a job interview; long-term stressors can include break-ups or chronic illnesses)
- take a break (from work, from studying, from conflicts, etc.)
- ask for help when we need it
- offer a listening ear to a friend
- stop to smell the daisies (they appear more frequently than roses!)
- communicate appropriately when someone upsets us
- see ourselves in a positive light
- direct our anger into healthy channels
- look at others as capable and loving creatures
Sometimes we can explore these issues on our own. Other times we can rely on friends and family to support us. However, sometimes professional help is really the best option. There is nothing to be embarassed about when you are strong enough to ask for help.