Emotional Intelligence – the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
"emotional intelligence is the key to both personal and professional success"
How is your emotional intelligence? I know mine can suffer at times, especially if I am under stress. As we head towards the end of another term, our children tire, our teachers tire and as parents we look forward to the joy of lack of routine for a short while. Now is a good time to have a look at your own emotional intelligence.
Emotional Intelligence is a learned skill, it is the ability to identify and manage our emotions in a positive way. Often in times of stress when our EI is low, we tend to act irrationally and possibly unpredictable, for example, we may snap at our children for something that would not normally bother us. We may get cranky with a shop assistant or someone we are dealing with on the phone. We may cry at something that normally would not warrant tears; we feel swamped by the everyday things of life and tend to act out, just us our children act out when their EI is low.
Characteristics that we can develop that will help us improve our EI include honest and open communication, building resilience, sharing activities, showing support for others and accepting support from others and recognising your own strengths and weaknesses. By developing our EI we are able to communicate better, empathise with others, reduce our own stress and possibly that of others around us and hopefully improve our overall wellbeing. By developing our Emotional Intelligence we are able to make sensible life choices and options and greatly influence our road to a successful life, whatever that may look like for each individual.