Emotional Self-Awareness is one of three competencies that define an individual's self-awareness and is important to our mental health well being.
Individuals who are able to notice and label their feelings/emotions due to gut-level instincts or reactions is but one part of being emotionally self-aware. Individuals must then be able to take that awareness and connect emotions/feelings to external or internal influences, and be able to identify the impact emotions have on their mind and body therefore performance.
When an individual is emotionally self-aware, they can tell – in the moment - when they are getting upset and articulate their feelings.
People Lacking this Competence
May receive messages from their bodies such as chronic headaches, lower back pain, neck or shoulder pain, heart racing, sweaty palms, anxiety attacks or other signals, but generally don‘t pay attention to these signals or connect them to their source, to what‘s causing these physical symptoms?
Due to being unable to gain insight and information from what their bodies might be trying to tell them they may get irritated, frustrated or angry easily, causing them to treat people in an abrasive way?
Individuals will often feel stressed and out of balance in terms of their life, health, work and family. This may be due to being unable to recognize individuals are asking them to behave in ways that do not match their values, beliefs or goals.
Here is a peek at an exercise that one could use to enhance their emotional self-awareness.
Stop thinking of your emotions as irrelevant or messy.
Our emotions are an essential source of valuable information they are not good or bad they just are. We are biologically wired to have emotional reactions knowing what it is your feeling and why is a great foundation to build self and managment strategies to attain success.
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