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Guide: Emotional Intelligence

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Our minds are beautifully complex systems that take us to places of bliss, nostalgia, melancholy, and peace. Where does your mind take you when you're feeling blue? Do you stay positive and proactive? Or do you succumb to overwhelming feelings of stress and dissatisfaction?  Keeping a positive outlook, and learning how to express and manage emotions will help enhance your emotional intelligence and strengthen your mental health. 

What is emotional intelligence? 

PsychCentral describes emotional intelligence as the ability to identify, understand and manage emotions in an effective and positive manner. Our level of emotional intelligence is most apparent in moments of stress and social situations. However, your awareness of this form of intelligence will allow you to become balanced and mindful of your thoughts and emotions, allowing you to make better decisions and improve your quality of life. 

If you are asking yourself, "How can I do this?" Our TimeToSpa.com experts have gathered a few tips just for you. 

Cultivate Self-Awareness

Having self-awareness means being able to tap into your mind to recognize and understand emotions. Being aware of your emotions and how they influence your thoughts and decisions enables you to live and speak intentionally. Meditation is a practice you can do to cultivate self-awareness in your life. This practice gives people an opportunity to connect with their mind and silence the outside noise. During meditation, the mind peacefully drifts to a place of silence and stillness.

A study, published in 2011, found that mindful meditation positively changes the brain's composition. The area of the brain responsible for memory and emotional regulation thickened within eight weeks of practicing meditation. Additionally, the part of the brain responsible for stress, fear and anxiety actually reduced in size. To enhance your focus during your meditation practice, try aromatherapy. By adding this component, it can improve focus and help bring you to a more relaxed state.

TTS INSIDER: The exotic floral essence of the Frangipani Monoi Oil can help you unwind and de-stress during your meditation session. Its sweet aroma will whisk you away to the relaxing beaches of the Polynesian Islands. 

Develop Wellness Practices

Emotionally intelligent people take time to do the things that bring positivity and happiness into their lives. It's important to develop wellness practices you actually enjoy doing. The last thing you want is for your wellness practice to become another stressor in your life. If meditating is not your thing, try a nature hike (read about benefits of Forest Bathing), or take a unique yoga class like aerial or acroyoga. You will give your body the movement it craves while practicing mindfulness and breathing techniques. From physical to mental wellness, another way to improve your emotional intelligence is by journaling. This provides an opportunity for self-reflection and awareness of your emotions and reactions. Try to find what triggers you, what makes you happy, what gives you peace, etc. This is time for you to get to know yourself better. The more you know, the better you will be at recognizing your strengths and weaknesses.

Cultivate A Positive Outlook

The life you live is a product of your actions. Your actions are based on your thoughts. Cultivate positivity and improve your wellbeing by setting intentions, writing them out and having confidence in your ability to achieve them. In addition, create a list of positive affirmations that give you a sense of purpose and elevate your emotional state. These affirmations are meant to replace self-defeating thoughts and negative patterns that affect your emotions.

Create a Self-Care Routine

The term self-care implies indulgence, but this very "indulgence" is exactly what your mind and body need to recover from everyday stress and work. Self-care is not a plus in your life; it is a must and is just as important as healthy meals and hydration. By seamlessly including self-care into your daily or even monthly routine, you will find your quality of life improving in all aspects, including your emotional intelligence. To start, you may want to try some of these options:

Visit the spa

A spa experience can do more than just relax you; it can transform the way you think and feel. Make it a social affair. Part of emotional intelligence is the ability to build and maintain positive relationships. From idyllic relaxation lounges to restorative treatments, a spa visit is an opportunity to reclaim inner peace and wellness. From top to toe, there is a service meant to take care of you and your guest(s).

Refresh your spirit at home

Rejuvenate your skin and spirit by making your own at-home spa rituals. To relieve stress and melt away muscle tension, we recommend starting your ritual with a warm bath using the Aching Muscle Super Soak. To complete your experience, lather on the De-stress Massage Oil to harmonize your senses and relieve your muscles. A relaxing at-home spa day allows you to nurture your mind and body.  During these moments of bliss, practice emotional intelligence by reflecting on your emotions and being mindful of your thoughts.

Get a restful night's sleep 

Let's face it, we all experience a little brain fog and crabbiness when we're sleep-deprived. Without adequate sleep, you can easily feel overwhelmed or sensitive to things that would otherwise not bother you. Managing control over our emotions is the key to building emotional intelligence, and giving your mind the sleep it needs will enable it to respond appropriately during moments of stress. To balance your mind and body, Jou Tranquility Supplements use organic herbs and roots to bring a sense of calm and peace to a busy mind.



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