Emotional Health

Emotional Health



Emotional health and well-being concerns far more than having a positive attitude (though it certainly helps!) Being truly emotionally healthy is a combination of positivity, acceptance, adaptability and resilience, particularly during times of unrest and uncertainty. Emotional health also concerns having a healthy self-image, an attitude of “I can, and I will!” For older adults, maintaining and supporting their emotional health is just as vital as eating sustaining and nutritious food and incorporating daily movement and exercise into their routines. 

Living Well With Purpose

Being emotionally healthy can help keep you physical strong

Emotional well-being is an important part of your overall health. People who are emotionally healthy are in control of their thoughts, feelings and behaviors. They are able to cope with life’s challenges, keep problems in perspective, bounce back from setbacks, have positive self-awareness and maintain good relationships. More importantly, studies have demonstrated that those with good emotional health have fewer physical health issues and are better at adapting to physical or cognitive change.

Download our entire Emotional Health Booklet, and try incorporating these six tips into your daily routine to optimize brain health.

Resident wearing a white rimmed health, smiling and smelling a yellow rose.Know Thyself

  • Take time to notice what makes you happy, sad, frustrated or angry.
  • Try to identify the underlying reason behind every negative emotion and address it directly.



Resident and staff planting flowersConnect With Others

  • Schedule a lunch date, call a friend, or go on a walk and meet a new neighbor.
  • We all need positive connection with other people to stay healthy.



Two people sitting in a meditation position.Manage Stress

  • Anxiety, fear and feelings of doubt can all lead to stress.
  • Learn different ways to relax and cope with pressures and worries, like deep breathing, meditation and exercise.



Two men building something in the wood-shop.Strive for Balance

  • You have control over your life, so strive for a healthy balance between activity and rest.
  • Make time for the things you enjoy and focus on the positive things that make you feel happy and satisfied.



A woman sitting on the patio holding her white dog and smiling.Discover Your Purpose

  • Decide what is most important in your life, like your family, your hobbies, volunteering or staying active.
  • Choose to spend your time doing what is most meaningful to you.



Four residents enjoying a glass of wine in the lodge.Stay Positive

  • Try to focus on the good things in your life.
  • Take the time to forgive yourself for making mistakes, and do the same for others. By embracing forgiveness, you can also embrace peace, hope and joy.


Building a Resilient Mind One Brick at a Time​

Resilience isn’t just a personal characteristic that some are born with—it can also be learned. Building resilience is the process of adapting well to change, even in the face of adversity, tragedy or significant sources of stress. Being courageous, regulating your emotions and staying connected to others can also significantly bolster your personal resilience. Not only does this help keep you healthier and safer, but being able to adapt to change fosters an environment where you learn to take a breath, slow down and experience the beauty of life in its entirety.

Meet Joyce Schramek. The very definition of resilience, Joyce is O’Connor Woods’ own “Rosie the Riveter.” Nearly ten decades of hard work and love for her family has given Joyce a life to be most proud of. We couldn’t be prouder ourselves to count her as one of our own. To learn more about this fascinating, resilient woman, experience her full story here.


In the Blog

Read more about ways to boost your emotional health and well-being.

Disclaimer: The information provided is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical, financial, health, social and environmental advice.

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