Emotional wellbeing vs mental wellbeing

We’re always told to take care of our mental wellbeing, but what about emotional wellbeing? In this article, we explore the difference between emotional wellbeing versus mental wellbeing so that you have the tools and knowledge to take care of yourself and those around you. 

Why? Because as a healthcare professional, it is all too easy to neglect your own wellbeing and we want to make sure you’re checking in with yourself more regularly. 

Emotional wellbeing 

When we talk about emotional wellbeing, we are referring to how good someone is at regulating their emotions and building positive relationships.

A person with strong emotional health is usually good at processing the world around them, and in turn, can cope well when faced with challenging situations. 

Being empathetic towards others is also a key sign of good emotional wellbeing as it shows that you are in tune with those around you and are able to comprehend  experiences outside of your own, and provide support. 

Mental wellbeing 

Mental health is concerned with cognitive function. For example, those with poor mental health might suffer from a chemical imbalance in the brain that are responsible for disorders such as OCD, anxiety and depression. 

Unlike emotional wellbeing, mental wellbeing usually requires professional intervention and medical treatment. 

Key contrasts 

One aspect of mental health is how you process the situations you find yourself in. Emotional health, on the other hand, is more concerned with your response e.g. how do you choose to express your emotions? 

Additionally, it is important to note that someone can have perfect emotional wellbeing, while simultaneously battling a mental health condition and vice versa. This is why it is always important to check in with your friends and colleagues – even the happy-go-lucky ones might have mental health issues they would benefit from discussing with a trusted peer. 

Where to get support 

  • Mental health hubs are now available to all NHS staff. This includes access to free and confidential support services. Read our blog post to find out more or visit the NHS website for more information. 
  • Talk to a trusted friend or colleague. 
  • Try practising mindfulness. 
  • Prioritise yourself by setting aside self-care time each day e.g. reading your favourite book after work, cooking something with your family or planning a coffee date with a friend.

Here at Amare Health, we pride ourselves on supporting our candidates holistically. Give us a call on 0203 929 4017 to find out more about how we can help you in finding your next role in healthcare.