Emotional Health Strategy

1.1 We all feel better when we are feeling well! Trite perhaps, but still very true. The opposite was recently voiced "Feeling miserable doesn't half get you down, doesn't it?". Furthermore, you don't have to feel unwell to want to get better.

1.2 Unfortunately, unless we individually happen to be well already, feeling well seems to be a matter of luck. However, emotional health is a state of well-being that can be attained by each of us, using a personal health strategy. In fact, one of the major barriers to emotional well-being is the attitude of "I'm fine, I don't need any help". This attitude reflects the denial mechanism that we all use from time to time to help us deal with our own very personal emotional broken glass.

1.3 A pro-active personal, corporate and community-wide health strategy can dramatically affect the well-being of many people, both in the workplace and in society at large.

2.1 The knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to attain personal emotional well-being are not difficult to learn. Coping skills are already known to different extents, and there is considerable scope for increasing their prevalence. New proactive skills are easily learnt.

3.1 The workplace generates some stress and distress, whilst more may come from home or elsewhere. Wherever it is generated, however, emotional distress impacts onto every other area of our lives.

3.2 The cost of not dealing pro-actively to resolve pent-up emotional stress is seen widely in life, after-effects ranging from frustration to anger, to violence, to alcoholic obliteration, to domestic violence and broken homes, and subsequently reflecting in behaviour of children and partners.

3.3 Recent litigation is beginning to put pressure on employers to be pro-active in providing emotional health strategies. These may include re-organisation of the workplace to promote greater harmony, performance appraisal strategies, provision of stress management workshops and counselling services, and the like. Good working practices are already widespread, and need only to be enhanced to cover the emotional component.

3.4 Modern understanding of emotional health has reached the point where it is worth agreeing and implementing an emotional health strategy to involve the whole workforce, not just to deal reactively with problems as they manifest, but to help individuals pro-actively to enhance their health and well-being. "You don't have to feel unwell to want to get better".

3.5 This will necessarily include good communication, good management, and the teaching of personal emotional healing skills that we all can use alone. Other facilities that may be used include, amongst others, counselling to deal with old or hidden issues, NLP, reflexology, aromatherapy, massage, and flower essence use on a personal basis - even where there are no current problems. The powerful techniques of Emotional Stress Release and EFT, the Emotional Freedom Technique, are also useful skills for us all to master and use personally.

4.1 An emotional health strategy: can we afford not to - either at work or for home life?

The tragic results of non-action are the partners who are ignored or abused, the children who are shouted at, the emptiness that many feel in their lives, and the collapse into alcoholic or TV induced obliteration that so many use - in addition to poor productivity, low morale, and sickness absence. The positive potential is a society comprised of people with profound inner security and self-worth. They tend to say "How can I help?", "I can" and "Why shouldn't I?", rather than the "can'ts", "shan'ts" and "why should I's?" that we so often hear. A challenge for us all to rise to?