In my previous blog, I looked at the anxiety of change and the tools that you can use to manage that anxiety and help it dissipate. The last few months living through Coronavirus and lockdown have left jumbled thoughts and emotions thanks to the dramatic changes in all our lives. And now that we are slowly coming out of lockdown we are experiencing a whole new jumble to work through.
- Is it safe to go out?
- What should I be doing?
- Can I go back to work?
- What about the kids and school?
- When is it safe to see family and friends?
And a whole host of emotions; fear, anxiety, relief, joy, sadness…..
How do you feel about lockdown easing? How do you feel about seeing people again?
Your emotions won’t go away but understanding the futility of destructive thoughts and emotions will help you to replace them with an awareness of your negativity. And that’s a big step forward in understanding yourself better.
Making yourself aware of your thoughts and emotions is a powerful tool that can be utilised by individuals in their daily lives. Not only that, but it can be employed as one of several tools in your business that can help to improve wellbeing amongst your employees, and increase productivity across your teams.
Our 4 Top Tips to not being driven by your thoughts and emotions
You may well be awash with highly charged emotions or overwhelmed with busy thoughts. Sound familiar?
1. Be aware that you’re not alone
There are 6 billion people on Earth, and at no other time have we all been in the same situation. So you aren’t alone. Nor will you be alone in other circumstances. Accept that your neighbour, your family member and many other people are feeling the same heightened emotions and having similar thoughts.
2. Try naming your thoughts and emotions
Next time you feel overwhelmed try naming your emotion. Welcome it, thank it and let it disperse naturally. Remember, you want to be the driver, not the driven.
3. Resist judging your thoughts and emotions
Your thoughts and emotions are there for a reason whether fear, anxiety or busy thoughts that break your mood or concentration. Try to be curious about the message that they carry. You might find some insight that can help you understand and manage how you respond to particular situations.
4. Don’t try and force the emotion to leave.
Don’t try and force your emotion out of your mind. It won’t go. And anyway you want to understand it a little better so that you can improve your reaction to situations. Respect your emotion and it will eventually get bored and leave of its own accord.
Collaboration or Conflict?
It's better to work with something. Whether that’s a colleague, someone doing a job for you, an instructor, and even your thoughts and emotions. Collaboration is a far more positive experience than conflict and always yields better results.
So if you can think in this way and take an approach that works with your emotions to dissipate the negatives rather than create conflict you will realise insights that will help you develop tools in the future. And you can use those tools to manage your emotions and busy thoughts.
Learn new skills at our taster session
Do some of the things that I’ve written about in my blog sound familiar? if the answer is yes and you want to learn more about the techniques I have described we will be launching a series of taster sessions soon!
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