As I sat down and began writing this post, I thought to myself ‘what even is emotional intelligence?’ I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what it is. But, after doing some researching, it turns out that I do know what it is – I just never knew that it had a name. So, if you’re in the same boat I was, don’t fret. I will share all that I found on my search.
According to Helpguide.org, “emotional intelligence is the ability to identify, use, understand, and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges, and defuse conflict.” And it consists of four attributes:self-awareness, self management, social awareness, and relationship management. The common characteristic amongst these attributes is that they all relate to being able to recognize one’s own emotional state and how it has (or hasn’t) impacted their relationships.
Now, you’re probably wondering ‘hmmmmmmm … why is emotional intelligence so important?’ Well, the simpliest answer I can give is that is has an impact on many different aspects of your life. When someone’s emotional intelligence lowers, it affects their mental health, physical health, your performance at work, and your relationships with others.
To help raise your emotional intelligence, Helpguide.org gives these suggestions and tips:
- ” quickly reduce stress in the moment in a variety of settings,
- recognize your emotions and keep them from overwhelming you,
- connect emotionally with others by using nonverbal communication, and
- use humor and play to stay connected in challenging situations.”
- The ability to resolve conflicts positively and with confidence
If you want to see what your emotional intelligence is, here are a few websites to find out!
Alex Newton is a nursing student and mental health advocate. She grew up in a small town and plans on moving to London, England one day and open up her own health practice. She has a cat named Maya who she adopted whilst going through some difficulties. She’s a daughter, sister, and warrior who enjoys a nice cuppa tea.