Finding Emotional Balance

Finding Emotional Balance

Recognizing that you need to choose your battles keeps you from becoming overly anxious and burning out.

Although anger can be positive and lead to action against unacceptable situations, thinking of the consequences of your reactions leads to more effective strategies.

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Emotional intelligence (EQ)

The ability to recognize and understand emotions, and use that information to guide decision making.

  1. Leave: getting away from the situation prevents regrettable instinctive reactions.
  2. Breathe deeply: research indicates deep breathing and repeating a calming phrase reduces anger intensity.
  3. Do something you enjoy: diverting your attention helps you to calm down.
  4. Do light exercise: this relaxes you and can relieve tension in your muscles.

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Thich Nhat Hanh

“Letting go gives us freedom, and freedom is the only condition for happiness. If, in our heart, we still cling to anything – anger, anxiety, or possessions – we cannot be free.”

Eat well: Make sure you eat healthy vegetarian food.

Rest: Ensure at least 6-8 hours a day.

Meditate daily: can be done at any time, in a quiet place and doing so in a group has a greater impact.

Anger and Aggression
  • Anger: An emotion felt when we believe we have been wronged.
  • Aggression: is an act of expression of the anger, by our words our actions. Aggression can be insults, sarcasm, shouting or physical forms like breaking things. It can also manifest itself in stress, loneliness, anxiety, guilt, or awkwardness.

When we criticize the anger, we are providing fuel to the fire, leading to further aggression on the angry person's part. If we ignore and give in, we are setting a wrong example and the person learns that it is ok and effective to be angry.

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