In stepping out of your comfort zone, one of the key elements to keep in mind is your emotional being. This plays a crucial part in your day-to-day life. It’s one thing to sense the world around you, and it’s another to truly experience it. There is a clear distinction between the outside world and you… until emotions come into the mix.
When we experience emotions in response to things that happen outside of ourselves, we’re forming a connection to those things and to the world outside of our skin. Emotional well-being is crucial to living a life of wholeness, balance, and contentment. Simply put, emotional well-being is made up of many things, including the ability to get up when life knocks you down. Rather than living a problem-free life (quite impossible if you’re a human being), emotional well-being means that one can bounce back from setbacks and thrive despite problems.
When it comes to drive, diligence, focus and dedication, we need to believe that we are personally invested in order to achieve maximum effort. Emotions are that investment. One of the greatest skills a person functioning in our world can have is empathy. Empathy allows us to put ourselves in another person’s shoes, to see the world through their eyes, and feel the way that they feel. This is incredibly important, as empathising helps you understand how other people function – why they do the things that they do. It allows us to form personal connections with individuals. Unless we understand empathy, we will be forever alone. Even when we’re surrounded by masses of people, we won’t feel connected to them. Before you can connect with others, you need to be able to connect with yourself. You need to learn to deal with your emotions so they never get the better of you.
“Learn to deal with your emotions so they never get the better of you .”
People might perceive you as weak when they notice that you feel things more deeply than they do. But vulnerability and emotion are closely tied to passion, which is crucial to living a fulfilling life.
There is a difference between being an emotional mess and letting your emotions control you.
Weakness is allowing your emotions to take the wheel. The more emotions you experience – the more emotions you can better understand – the more you will learn about yourself and people in general.
But you need to be willing to learn. Don’t let your emotions govern your life. Make them work for you.
Learn to take a step back, observe your feelings from a distance, and make better life decisions.
In this video I talked with Dr Nick Maguire, Associate professor of Psycology at University of Southampton on How does emotion affects decicion making.