Background

This section defines 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.

In western culture, the discussion of emotional health tends to come with a volume of information on such diseases as depression, anxiety, anger, fear, phobias, obsessive-compulsive behavior, etc. 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.

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.