Friday, March 25, 2022

Benefits of Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence starts with identifying our own emotions and how we manage these feelings.  Through identification of our emotions, we can begin to use these emotions for positive reasons and to improve our day-to-day relations with others and with ourselves. 

Reducing Anxiety and Stress

Anxiety is a term that is normally used in a negative light.  There are medications to curb anxiety and tips on alleviating anxiety, but do we really understand the purpose of stress and/or anxiety?  Anxiety can help keep us alert, such as when we are nervous before a speech.  Identifying these emotions is the first step to controlling those feelings when they arise.

Managing the symptoms of stress and anxiety can be as simple as easy, physical exercises.  For example, fast and shallow breathing is one of the symptoms that comes with these emotions.  Identifying these symptoms and counteracting it is recommended.  Hold your breath for five seconds or deliberately slow your breathing down -- in through the nose and out through the mouth.  Anxiousness also releases hormones into the bloodstream and keeps you stressed for a period of time.  Working out, jogging in place, and other physical activities can also lower these hormones and relieve the stress.

Until next time ...

Sheryl Tuchman, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

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