What comes to mind when you hear the term "emotional health"?

In our western culture, it seems as though discussions of emotional health often start with negative states, such as depression, anxiety, anger, fear, and phobias. All of these are critical disorders for which people should seek professional help. However, this framework of emotional health doesn't tell the whole story. Emotional health is more than avoiding or overcoming mental anxieties and diseases.

We see emotional wellness as the ability to create and sustain a positive attitude in life, maintain a healthy level of self-esteem, and to express the full range of emotions that occur in human experience.

Emotions are the flow and experience of feelings. Emotions that are repressed or expressed in unhealthy ways tend to create obstructions in the body and negatively affect people's energy. People can learn to recognize emotions, express them in a healthy way, and consciously choose their responses by following the recommendations in this section.