The outbreak of the coronavirus COVID-19 has impacted people in varying ways on an international scale. It is understandable that during times like this, people may be feeling afraid, worried, anxious and overwhelmed by the constantly changing alerts and media coverage regarding the spread of the virus.
In this period of uncertainty, how can EQ help us to maintain mental & emotional wellbeing? How do we handle the stress that we are feeling?
While you may see stress as a problem, it’s also an important tool if you pay attention to the signs! The emotions of stress are informative. Stress is like a warning light on your car - it tells you something is at risk. Often it is a warning sign that we have stopped paying attention.
Emotions are tools. Emotions are DATA, a message from you to you – giving you INSIGHT.
Emotions that provide us with unpleasant feelings have traditionally (and unfairly) been labelled “negative emotions.” People tend to want to avoid them, force them away, or silence them as soon as they emerge.
What is Emotional Intelligence? Being SMART with feelings…
As a rule of thumb, try to analyze, question and be curious about the source of an emotion that is causing discomfort. This way, you will gain some sort of insight about what the emotion is trying to tell you. Furthermore, the more you understand the message it is trying to convey, the less intense the emotion will be. If it is associated to a conflict, problem solving will be that much easier thanks to your understanding of the situation, and your understanding will help keep you from acting impulsively due to intense unpleasant feelings
So how are you feeling? Peel back the layers - dig deeper. What else are you feeling?
What insight can you gain from those emotions?
Learning to listen to the messages behind your emotions will help you learn more about your environment as well as yourself. It will also help you to utilise your emotions as fuel, to power you as you navigate this season of crisis.