We live in a society, at least in the West, that values ‘doing’. No surprises there that millennials have been dubbed the “burnout generation”. Even if we wanted to enhance our emotional awareness, how do we go about it?
One technique is asking yourself daily how you are feeling and why. Hone into your emotions. This can be done verbally, or reflections in a journal in prose or bullet form. And then ask yourself, if you do feel disconnected and low, what can you do right now to help. You may not be able to solve your problem but just beginning to brainstorm what helps YOU feel better, loved and appreciated is the idea.
Emotional regulation can make a massive impact directly on your behaviours so exploring emotional intelligence is worth dedicating regular time to.