Emotional Health: Why it Matters!

Emotional Health: Why it Matters!

Authored by Mounika Bodala on 31 Oct 2013 - 16:12.

“In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels” says author of ‘Emotional Intelligence’ Daniel Goleman. This is so true, we find ourselves so often swept away by feelings, with a set of self-justifying perceptions of their own, but our rational mind does not recognize these emotions whether they are right or wrong. And so we find ourselves falling prey to these emotions so often.

As important as it is to be able to express and control our emotions, it is equally important to be able to understand others, interpret and react to them appropriately at all times. This ability to perceive, control and respond to emotions is called Emotional Intelligence (EI), which is more important than IQ or social intelligence, say some researchers.

Observing emotions: “Like a shadow emotions follow us through various situations at work, at home with colleagues, friends and family members, sometimes positive and most often negative.

Learning to deal with these emotions and striking a balance with our rational thinking can go a long way in living a happy life” says Hymavathi Kunamneni, Clinical Psychologist. Researchers say that EI can be developed and strengthened by consciously working on it, by constantly watching your behavior and your thoughts.

Physical and emotional health is interdependent. Staying emotionally healthy has a positive impact on the body. An emotionally healthy person is relaxed, patient, confident, and has a healthy state of mind with a sense of well-being which can ease a lot of stress, the primary cause of many diseases.

Researchers, John D Mayer and Peter Salovey have proposed a basic EI model which talks about four areas of EI to start with. These include:

Perceiving emotions: It is important to perceive emotions appropriately if not accurately. This helps to understand emotions better. Most often emotions are perceived by the verbal and non-verbal communications. To asses these emotions it takes EI.

Reasoning emotions: Instead of taking these emotions at the face value, go beneath them and try to understand the cause for these emotions. This helps to get a better perspective of emotions expressed and helps to respond to them appropriately.

Understanding emotions: When emotions are understood correctly in the right context, it enables us to react to them intellectually with reasoning. This reduces the conflict of mind and feelings making it simpler to deal with complex situations.

Managing emotions: When we are aware of our emotions, it helps to manage them effectively rather than reacting impulsively. It helps one to be more balanced and controlled. These behaviours actually have a bearing on the overall health of a person.

Emotional health is something we should all be cognizant of  and learn to strengthen it through constant observation, because it impacts every part of our life, from personal relationships, work, business, family and friends, besides our own health.

*Disclaimer This is not medical advice. The content is for educational purposes only. Please contact your doctor for any health care issues.