Self-awareness is a large part of emotional intelligence. I like Mark Manson's definition of it. Self-awareness is our ability to observe and accurately identify our thoughts, feelings and impulses, and determine whether they are grounded in reality or not. This is something that you can learn and reflection is one way to do this. We've designed a journal page that you can download and print. It's free!
Grab a friend, go for a walk, and try to find something starting with each letter of the alphabet. You might have to get creative for some letters.
Mind Tools defines Emotional intelligence as "the ability to understand and manage your own emotions, and those of people around you." They explain that emotionally intelligent people "have strong relationships, and they manage difficult situations calmly and effectively. They're also likely to be resilient in the face of adversity." It sounds like something that everyone would want, but not everyone has it. We're going to look at some ways to increase your emotional intelligence in the next few weeks. You can find the Mind Tools online emotional intelligence quiz at - https://www.mindtools.com/axbwm3m/how-emotionally-intelligent-are-you.
Taking your shoes off and walking barefoot in the natural environment is called grounding or earthing. Some of the benefits of grounding include: