Our second mini-series is on emotional well-being. As you may have noticed last week, this mini-series delves into the emotional aspect of wellness. Embarking you on a journey of self-development, and forcing you to become more self-aware.
Our 2nd installment to Emotional Self-Care is Emotional Maturity - Every Day You Have A Choice - Stay The Same Or Change.
Emotional maturity isn’t about growing older and becoming wiser, it’s about being able to deal with a situation calmly, or react in a reasonable way to the situation at hand. It’s about owning up to mistakes, and knowing you can’t always be right, no matter often you are. It’s about helping others, and understanding situations from all angles. Most importantly it is about continually working to improve yourself. Without self-development, there can’t be any self-growth. Without self-growth, you will never be able to break out of your current cycle, or negative habits, in order to make the necessary successful changes needed in creating an enjoyable life.
We can all do with more emotional maturity, and it is something you can ALWAYS improve on. By doing this we also improve our mental health, as we reduce stress and anxiety.
Here are a few ways we can all work on our emotional maturity.
Learn To Identity Your Emotions: Try writing down situations that occurred over the week that bothered you. Write down your reaction to that situation, why you had that reaction, and what you could have done differently.
Journal: Write down how you feel about your day, the good, the bad, and the ugly! Get it all out, then walk away. When you have calmed, re-read, then add what you learned from any of those experiences, and lastly what you will do differently next time.
Take Responsibility: If you make a mistake, learn to own it and apologise.
Being Able To Handle Others Emotions: Learn to observe people’s emotions around you in different situations. Was it appropriate? What did you like about their reaction, what didn’t you like.
Likewise, if you are part of the situation, learn how to listen to what they are saying, observe their reaction, don’t react straight away. Understand their point of view, consider how to respond in a proactive, positive way.
I hope this week's edit has inspired you to pull out a note-pad and start reflecting. These are not quick fixes by any means. They take time and practice before they start to become habit, but by regularly practicing these techniques, you will learn to adapt, change and grow.
Have a wonderful self-care Sunday, everyone!