Emotional and Mental Healing Guide

By Val Silver

Welcome to the emotional and mental healing guide. Here you will find information about emotional wellness and links to all the on-site topics related to healing emotions and creating mental well-being.

This guide is divided into two parts. The first part takes you to general emotional and mental health information that can be applied to both overall or specific concerns. The second part takes you to pages that address specific issues, such as dealing with anger and natural ways of overcoming feelings of depression. 

Approaching emotional self-care and mental healing from a holistic healing perspective is about promoting the well-being of your psyche so that you are freer to enjoy life and move forward to create and fulfill your dreams and purpose as you see it. Complementary techniques and remedies for healing emotions and negative thinking patterns may not always heal a mental health disease, but they can help you enjoy a better quality of life.  

A Focus on Mental Health Issues

A curious thing is happening in our world today. Despite the ease of social media connections, an abundance of stuff, and an increase in mental health awareness and support,  individuals in the modern world are plagued with a mental health crisis at increasing rates. As of 2015, over 44 million American adults have a diagnosed mental health condition or substance abuse problem and numbers of youth being treated for a major depressive episode approached 13 percent. In this so-called connected age, more people report feeling disconnected, alone, and lonely than ever before. 

While this site does not address diagnosed mental health conditions and how to treat them, it does explore the types of difficult feelings and emotions most of us experience from time to time - anger, unhappiness, lack of purpose, feeling stuck, feeling "blue", stressed, and anxious - and how to shift them to better feeling thoughts that help you create a healthier, happier life.

When you practice general every day mental/emotional self-care and focus on targeted practices to correct issues that are interfering with your quality of life, you can keep yourself mentally resilient and change the patterns that do not serve you or your relationships well. 

Healing emotional patterns and mental healing are deeply intertwined.

Whether you want to shift to more positive emotional states or create healthier, more expansive thinking patterns, you have to address both emotions and thoughts to make that happen. 

Thoughts, feelings, beliefs and emotions are in a perpetual dance with each other. Thoughts and beliefs lead to emotions. Your feelings and emotions influence your thoughts, and so on. You really cannot affect one without affecting the other, for better or worse.

Shifting your thoughts or emotions in the moment can bring immediate results. Practiced regularly, you will notice a difference in your mental state overall. For example, when you put a positive spin on your negative self talk, your emotions naturally shift with them. When you honor your feelings and tune into them, the voice of anger and fear quiet down.

To heal long standing unwanted patterns you will benefit from doing the work required to replace them with better feeling thoughts and healthier mental habits. Reprogramming, or rewiring your brain sounds ominous, but in reality, it is not difficult and you can make great strides within two months if you commit to the process. The brain is changing and rewiring all the time, so you may as well direct that neuroplasticity in the direction you want. In the long-run, this work will pay off as improved mental and emotional well-being, as well as improvements in how you relate to others and how you behave in the world. These changes may also be evident as straighter posture and a greater sense of ease in your body. Health issues may resolve.

Making healthy self-talk and mental wellness techniques a part of your daily life offer a healthy dose of prevention and relief in mind, body, and spirit. They go a long way to keeping you healthy and happy. 

"As a man thinks in his heart, so he is." ~ Proverbs 23:7

Reminder: The information in this guide and its linked pages pertain to thoughts and feelings, not diagnosed mental health conditions. If you have a diagnosed mental condition (or believe you might), do not experiment with these techniques or remedies without your doctor's approval. They may be contra-indicated for your condition or your medications at this time. 

General Information about Emotions and Mental Healing 

When you practice emotional self-care, you acknowledge and feel your emotions. Identifying and labeling these feelings help you to figure out your mental patterns and what you need to do to care for yourself in mind, body, and spirit in response to them. 

types of emotions
  • What are Emotions - Discover the relationship between 'energy-in-motion and feelings, the nature of emotional responses, and your emotional guidance system.
  • Types of Feelings and Emotions - There are many emotions and shades of emotions. This awareness is the first step to healing and shifting to better feeling thoughts.
what makes people happy
  • What Makes People Happy - Happy people share several attributes and habits in common. Learn what they are and how to use the keys that can make you happier.
  • How to Be Happy - Are you unhappy or want to be happier? Unlock the door to feeling satisfied and content with these 12 keys to happiness.

inner talk
  • The Power of Your Inner Talk - Your ever present inner talk has the power to make you happy or sad, successful or not, healthy or unwell. By design, more of your thoughts are negative rather than positive. You can learn to recognize which of those thoughts is helpful, and which keep you stuck. And you can learn the upside of negativity and how to use it in positive ways.
  • Negative Self Talk and Stinking Thinking - Are you plagued by negative self talk, fears, and stinking thinking? You don't have to be. Learn how you acquire negativity and limiting beliefs, how they affect you, and what you can do to begin to shift them.
  • Negative and Fixed Mindset Patterns - Learn what a fixed mindset is, how it limits aspects of your life, and how to shift to a more positive, growth mindset so you have the freedom to grow, heal, and be your authentic self.
  • The Positive Power of Negative Thinking - Is negative thinking all bad? Is something wrong with you if you always default to worst case scenarios? The answer is a surprising, "No." Read about four benefits of negative thinking and how to use it to your advantage.
  • How Defensive Pessimism Can Help You - What would sports teams do without a powerful defense? Healthy defensive pessimism harnesses the power of limited thinking and increases your chance of achieving a positive outcome by preparing for worst case scenarios. Learn how to use this approach to your advantange
healing for damaged emotions
  • Healing Damaged Emotions - Some of your thoughts and emotions are tied to traumas and limiting, unhealthy beliefs that keep you stuck and in mental and emotional pain. You can release the pain of the past and better cope with present challenges with these techniques. 
  • Dealing with Stressful Head Trash - No one likes trash, and the garbage in your head can be the most difficult to get rid of. Learn nine steps for finding and reducing yours.

Specific Emotional Wellness Concerns

Healing emotions and mental healing become especially important when negative emotions become predominant and interfere with your quality of life, or cause you to react in unhealthy ways. That is your signal that you are out of balance something inside you needs to be healed.

Keep in mind that feeling all kinds of emotions and feelings are normal and healthy. They give us information about how we are interpreting our environment and how we are feeling about it. Even what we label negative emotion, such as anger or sadness or nervousness, are just energetic signals and responses to the inner talk of the subconscious mind. Sometimes, these emotions, even when intensely felt, can be very helpful, appropriate and necessary messengers of what is going on inside us and what needs to be healed or changed in our lives.

anger management help
  • Anger Management Help and Healing - Anger is a normal, natural and healthy response in certain situations. Unchecked, though, it can wreak havoc in your life and in the life of others. Learn how to take control of this powerful emotion, use it to your advantage, and respond to circumstances and challenging people in healthy ways.
  • Anger and Your Health - Learn about the healthy and unhealthy anger and its effects on your well-being. 
  • Techniques for Managing Your Anger - Learn five simple, but not always easy, anger management techniques that can help you get control of your anger before it takes control of you.
how to overcome depression
  • How to Overcome Depressed Feelings- It is not unusual to feel blue once in a while, but when being down starts to take you over with no end in sight, it is time to stop the downward spiral. Whether you are receiving professional help or not, a holistic approach and natural remedies can help you reclaim your life.
natural relief for anxiety
  • Natural Anxiety Relief - Feeling anxious? This heightened form of distress can leave you feeling emotionally crippled and paralyzed with fear. Instead of letting anxious feelings limit your life, give these natural remedies and techniques a try. You'll see a video of me demonstrating my go-to in-the-moment panic relieving technique. Deceptively simple. Amazingly effective.  
  • If your anxiety is coming from too much stress, visit the Natural Stress Relief Guide for a wealth of information and tips for de-stressing.

How Healing Emotions Affects Physical Health

From a holistic viewpoint, when you experience physical dis-ease, it is always beneficial to explore your emotional and mental states along with symptoms manifesting in the body.

Your mind and body are intimately connected and affect each other continually. When you feel anxious or stressed, you say you have butterflies in your stomach or your stomach turns or feels like it has a pit in it. You comment that someone is so angry he has smoke coming out of his ears. 

At the very least, negative emotion, stressful head trash, and limiting beliefs contribute to illness by sapping energy needed for a healthy, happy life. They can close you off from opportunities to heal and change your life for the better.

Sometimes, there is a direct link between emotional trauma and physical illness. How people handle their emotions is one of the two proven predictors of cancer (the other is genes). For example, people who experience emotional trauma and repress their grief and anger are at greater risk for developing cancer.

Likewise, it is not uncommon for positive beliefs and healed emotions to create spontaneous healing in the body without medical intervention. Correcting imbalances in the body positively affects mental wellness as well. With this in mind, it is easy to see how mental healing is almost always needed along with physical healing. Sometimes it is all that is needed. 

Even if you are in excellent physical health, attending to your emotional and mental health pays off in greater happiness, inner peace, happiness, acceptance and love of self and others. It also pays off as a more positive outlook on life and a more expansive mindset. It can literally transform your health, your life and your relationships for the better.

Emotional and mental healing page updated 12/2020

Source: The State of Mental Health in America

For Educational Purposes Only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or medical condition. Please consult with your health provider before using natural remedies and/or complementary therapies if you are pregnant, nursing, or you are being treated for a medical condition. Be aware that certain herbs and supplements interact with medications.

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