Emotional wellness is the ability of a person to be aware of and not only accept their feelings but deal with them in a healthy manner. The premise is that as one feels things, they believe these things, and when they feel emotions, whether positive or negative, those outcomes will occur.
Emotional wellness as we previously defined it is when a person’s belief of what they are feeling becomes realized into physical manifestations of that belief. i.e. feeling encouraged and supported produces positive endorphins and employees are productive and engaged at a highly positive level. Alternatively, when a person is feeling stressed or overwhelmed, they ostracize or isolate themselves, and perform at a low level. More physical manifestations are blood pressure problems, heart conditions, and general exhaustion. The research also shows that when employees are emotionally balanced they are “more likely to work towards goals, find the resources they need, and attract others with their energy..,”.
Employers can introduce measures into their workforce to integrate emotional wellness into its culture through several measures including:
- Implementing or expanding its Employee Assistance Program (EAP);
- Ensuring opportunities for employee involvement and engagement;
- Management training to recognize and address signs of stress, depression, etc.;
- Allowing and encouraging employees to maintain a work-life balance; and
- Taking measures to reduce work-life stress, which can help remove the stigma often attached to emotional illness.
An advisor can provide the necessary support, resources, and tools to Human Resources as well as analyze their benefits policies surrounding mental health visits to ensure they are affordable and accessible.