(HealthDay News) -- Understanding and controlling your emotions is as important as managing your physical health.
Here are suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians that may help:
- Express your feelings, but do it in an appropriate way. Don't keep your emotions bottled up. Talk to a close friend or relative if something is bothering you.
- Don't ignore your emotions. If talking with a close friend or relative doesn't work, seek professional help.
- Prepare before you act out emotionally. Don't simply lash out in anger, frustration or sadness, or you may regret what you say.
- Achieve a healthy balance of work, play and relaxation, remembering to look for the positive in all situations.
- Since your physical health affects you emotionally, eat a healthy diet, avoid drugs and alcohol, and get frequent exercise.