Emotional energy captures the specific emotions and actions that bring us joy.
EMOTIONAL ENERGY EXPLAINED Just as important as your physical energy, and yet often overlooked, is your emotional energy. How many of us have taken a moment to assess how happy we are or actually strived to employ a habit of happiness? We may feel our lives lack happiness but are unsure how to change this.
FOCUSING ON YOUR EMOTIONAL ENERGY The foundations for an individual’s emotional energy are as unique as their fingerprint, encompassing personal passions and desires. Consider what excites and energises you and identify the activities or actions that could enhance your emotional energy.
STEPS TO ADDRESSING YOUR EMOTIONAL ENERGY Emotional energy is about doing the things that delight you. • For some, increasing their awareness of others would play an important part in this, appreciating their friends and family and investing in those existing relationships. • For others, focusing on emotional energy may be about challenging themselves by trying something new, such as learning a skill, getting involved in volunteer work or reigniting a childhood passion. • Managing your emotional energy can be as straightforward as giving yourself the same care and kindness you show others.
BENEFITS OF PAYING ATTENTION TO YOUR EMOTIONAL ENERGY • Feelings of joy release feel-good chemicals in our brains, providing a potent medicine. It improves alertness and increases creativity and it’s contagious. Just as we might pick up on a colleague’s stressful mood, and feel our own energy and joy being zapped, having positive people around us is proven to increase our own happy thoughts, lifting our moods. • Happy people are healthier: they suffer less sickness, with an optimistic attitude shown to cut the risk of heart disease by half. • Laughter is proven to lower blood pressure and reduce certain stress hormones.