Why is Emotional Intelligence Important?
Emotions are your guides to take action.They are designed to flow from one to another. When you suppress or ignore them they get stuck and this is when expression can be awkward. Anger is meant to trigger your need to set boundaries just as anxiety may be your cue to do something differently. By learning to flow with your emotions through awareness you maximize your own energy. Think about the amount of energy you spend on drama or chaos because of lashing out or saying the wrong thing. How about the anxiety spent on reliving your shift for fear of missing something. The practice of mindfulness can be a great way to tune into what is going on within you. Learning to focus will help you manage emotions as well as identify what they are. Research has shown that naming your emotions actually tames them and decreases reactivity. Emotions can be overwhelming and it is your awareness that keeps them in check. The other reason emotional intelligence is so important is relationships. Relationships are the heart of everything and managing emotions for the good of the team or your family and yourself is the best way to ensure success.
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