Navigating Emotional Intelligence and Feelings

Emotional Intelligence (EQ) could be something new to many as we are not effectively taught how to deal with our emotions when we were young. 

This is a very important factor in our lives because we deal with different emotions and feelings everyday. These emotions are present in our relationships, career, hobbies, and in many other avenues of our life.

How does having emotional intelligence let you enjoy your life? 

If learn how to process our feelings, we can move through pain and other emotions that create suffering as well as deepen our capacity to experience more of the feelings we enjoy. When we repress, deny, or numb our feelings it limits our ability to feel more of the emotions that we love.

Feelings and emotions are not only psychologically felt but they can trigger a lot of things that can be physically present in our body. People deal with emotions in a variety of ways.  Everything from thinking about other issues, avoidance, denial, using numbing vices like food, alcohol, drugs, screens, tv.. etc.  or trying to keep busy. 

All these can cause high stress levels, anxiety, depression, eating issues, and other problems in the body like heart issues, digestive disorders and more.

When you have emotional intelligence, it is easier for you to deal with your feelings directly, allowing you to address the emotion you are having and then helping yourself move on. 

One important step to guide you with feelings and emotions is to start with “I” statements like “I am happy, I am feeling excited. This is the beginning of not being completely absorb and unconscious to what you are feeling. It allows you to internally process your emotions and begin to work with feelings in your body.

Another step is learning how to feel your emotions directly as a "feeling" and not just reacting to it or keeping it as a mental construct in your head. We think that if we don't feel that the emotions will go away when in fact it becomes internalized and stuck in the body and manifesting both psychologically and physically. 

Mindfulness practices and journaling can amazing tools for feeling all the way through our feelings and processing them.

For more information: check out the courses offered at PerryJanssen.com or email me at [email protected]



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