Written By: Paul VanderGriendt, Event Management Coordinator Mentorship Session Diary. Entry 22
How emotionally aware are you? Out of control emotions can dictate how we react or behave in certain situations, even if it’s not how we intend to. Being more aware of the emotions of the people around us can also help us navigate an address different situations positively. We can also work on not just controlling our emotions, but embracing them and working through them in a healthy way.
When we are making difficult life decisions, it is important to make informed and knowledgeable choices without being led or misled by emotion. Sometimes being controlled by sadness or anger can cause us to make a bad choice, or fear and frustration could keep us from making a choice that would be for our benefit. Dismissing our emotions completely could cause them to pile up. Often emotions from previous or unrelated things in our life will spill over and effect other choices, relationships and situations. We can spend time acknowledging and working through our emotions in order to better understand ourselves.
We may not recognize it in the moment, but if we take the time to step back and acknowledge our own emotions and behaviour, we can recognize how we are likely to react in similar moments moving forward. This can help us to grow our emotional intelligence and make positive changes. The emotions and mood of the people around us can affect us, but on the other hand, our mood can reflect on the people around us as well. When we strive to emphasize and promote our positive emotions, while harnessing our negative emotions we can create more positive outcomes in our relationships.
Having more emotional intelligence and awareness doesn’t just affect our mood and mindset every day. It can help us connect with others in our relationships, resolve conflicts and overcome challenges. Always working to learn about ourselves while we harness and express our motions positively will prevent us from repeating bad choices and help us to improve as individuals