Emotional Intelligence - how do we improve it?

Self-awareness is the first step in emotional intelligence. It teaches you how to identify your emotions and be aware of them, their impact, and triggers.

Emotional intelligence is a set of skills that allow you to express and control emotions. The latest studies suggest that your EQ (emotional intelligence quotient) is far more important than your IQ (intelligence quotient) for having better health and succeeding in general. By mastering this, you can be aware of not only your own emotions (and therefore the drivers) but also the emotions of people around you (which allows you to guide them and benefit from the information presented.

Self-awareness is one of four steps in improving your emotional intelligence. This allows you to spot your emotions as they arise and not after their devastating effect. This skill helps you anticipate the upcoming emotional reaction by being aware and defining the things that drive you towards those emotions.

What is emotional intelligence?

Emotional intelligence is the ability to recognise emotions not only inside yourself but also inside others.

There are four areas which are:

Self-awareness - noticing and understanding your emotions.

Self - control - being able to control your own emotions.

Empathy - is the understanding of others.

Social skills - being able to influence others' emotions.

How do you improve self-awareness?

You can improve your self-awareness with these ten steps:

Get out of your comfort zone

Have you ever heard that magic happens outside your comfort zone? It is the same for emotions. People have a tendency to avoid discomforting feelings; this is not a long - term solution. Allow the feelings to sit on the surface and provide the information they carry.

Instead of burying the emotion away, guide yourself to it and through it. Ignoring your feelings will only allow them to appear when it is least expected.