I came across an informative article the other day about emotional well-being. The article discusses how sleep, eating habits, physical fitness, and self-esteem correlate to stress level and emotional well-being. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/janbruce/2014/09/14/emotional-well-being-is-the-new-frontier/) We all know how lack of sleep adds to stress, as does poor eating habits and very little physical fitness. This is obvious to most of us and yet very difficult to create new routines that honor our well-being. We allow our ego to run our lives and keep circling on the hamster wheel. The missing piece in emotional well-being is emotions, actually feeling our feelings and tapping into the wisdom of our emotions. Denying our emotions (blocking our emotional energy) leads to contractive state in our bodies. We actually cause more stress to our system by denying our emotions than if we let them flow. This idea is now flowing into the mainstream. We are seeing more and more scientific research that backs this. A new movie has been released about this very topic - you can see it here.
Emotions in the workplace have been taboo for too long. It’s time to wake up, be conscious of what we are feeling, when we are feeling it, so that we can include emotions throughout our day. We are always in an emotional state. We can no longer deny our feelings.
Imagine a business culture where all feelings are welcome and everyone benefited from the wisdom of our emotions. Stress levels would drop immediately. No one would feel outcast for crying, feeling angry, or admitting their fear. Start letting your emotions flow in your organization and see what happens: infinite energy freed up for creativity and connection.
Do you know how to navigate this new frontier? If you want to learn more about the HOW of emotional intelligence, read my book coming in November: Beyond Ego – A Framework for Mindful Leadership and Conscious Human Evolution.