Blog Update

At 80 time constricts and the to-do list grows. Sigh. Moreover, it takes longer to do what needs doing and cognitive aging interferes with productivity. Your likes, comments, and sharing keep me going, but I am not going to post daily.

Meanwhile, for daily tips follow me on Facebook. I have an Emotional Fitness Training page there as well an Emotional Fitness Tips for Parents page.  I try to post helpful articles on these pages as well as some laughs and a bit of inspirational stuff.  Thank you all for your patience and your support. You keep me going.

BE A COOL CAT NOT A MAD DOG: FIVE TIPS TO STRENGTHEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE

What’s your feeling temperature right now? Most of today? The past week or so?  See if a negative feeling is getting to you. Take your feeling temperature.A feeling theramometer to aid in anger management and improving your emotional inteligence

Feelings are signals telling you to be aware so you can stay safe.

That’s the good news. The bad news? Signals are not always clear and are often misinterpreted. More bad news: Feelings want you to act as they command; the stronger the feeling the more likely you will not stop to think and so end up doing something you regret. When that happens, the feeling has bossed you. Strengthening your Emotional Intelligence helps you stay cool and in charge.

How do feelings want you to behave?

Fear wants you to run away

Anger wants you to fight

Pain wants you to numb yourself.

Pleasure wants more.

All other feelings are variations of these four. at least I find it most helpful to think that way when it comes to controlling my feelings.

Tips To Help You Stay The Boss Of All Feelings.

Tip one: Think before acting on any strong feeling.

Thinking before acting is the main game plan for becoming the boss of all feelings. Your parents and teachers were right when they tried to pound this into your head. I hated being told that as I suspect every human of a certain age did. Easier to act on instinct or emotional, but not wiser as I have learned throughout the years.

Tip two: Take a feeling temperature to become more aware of all your feelings.

Feeling awareness is the first of the six Emotional Fitness Training skills.

Tip three:  Start self-soothing when any feeling starts growing in intensity.

Notice the Anger Feeling Thermometer is like a traffic light: green says okay, yellow says be careful, and red says stop.  All feeling wanting to boss you are best controlled when they first visit which is when the yellow light starts blinking.  Why worry about good feelings? Think addictions or any over-indulgence.

Tip four:  Act the opposite of what a strong feeling wants you to do.

Fear wants you to run, Instead of running stay and face what you fear.

Anger wants you to fight? Practice kindness instead.

Pain wants you to numb out. Instead acknowledge what hurts, strengthen your pain tolerance and seek medical help for unbearable pain.  This is particularly important for the words others hurl at you that hurt. Safe places are needed to avoid physical attacks, but your best safe place from other stings and arrows is inside your head. The old saying “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” was a wise one.

Pleasure wants more, step back to moderation.

Tip five: Remember what matters. 

As the researchers and the sages of the ages know the what matters remains doing the best you can to make the world, and your corner of it more peaceful.

THANK YOU

Thank you for all you do. Practice Kindness and share, comment, or like this post. Go here for An introduction to Emotional Fitness Training.

Katherine

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DISCLAIMERS

The first and most important: Emotional Fitness Training is a self-help and coaching program. It is not therapy. Nor does it replace therapy when therapy is needed. If the exercises and support provided here do not help you gain control of negative feelings, more may be needed. Support groups, coaching, and therapy are other paths to emotional fitness.

Anyone with suicidal thoughts, thoughts of harming other people, or who engage in harmful or dangerous out-of-control behaviors needs to get professional help. Anyone with serious suicidal or homicidal plans need an immediate psychiatric evaluation.  Call a suicide hot line if you are unsure of where or how to get help. Suicidal hotlines USA.  Life can be better.

The second: I have dysgraphia, a learning disability that peppers my writing with mis-spelling and punctuation errors. All my books are professionally edited. Not so my blog post. Although I use all the grammar and spelling checks, mistakes slip by. If they bother you, seek another source of support for life’s less savory moments.   Life is to short to let problems you can avoid irate you.

 

Here Versus There: Might Be Better, Might Not

Jealousy quote. Emotional Inteligence Poster Coach

The green grass that looks better, might be Astroturf.

 

Thank you for all you do. Practice Kindness and share, comment, or like this post. Go here for An introduction to Emotional Fitness Training.

Katherine

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Loving Your Age

Aging whisteria tree and quote about aging. Promoting emotional intelligence

The longer our lives, the greater the opportunity for true beauty to shine forth

Thank you for all you do. Practice Kindness and share, comment, or like this post. Go here for An introduction to Emotional Fitness Training.

Katherine

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STOP SEEKING FALSE PERFECTION: SIX TIPS

Boris Pasternak Quote about hiding your true self.

 Desperately seeking perfection erodes your emotional intelligence

Moreover, the push for perfection is pervasive. The advertising world pushes perfectionism constantly. Why? Feeling flawed and imperfect hurt, promising you perfection sells. Then the motivational speakers help by promising you can do and be anything you want, as long as you want it enough.

As Oprah says, “If I did it anyone can.”

Lies, lies, lies and more lies.  Good enough is good enough for most things. Moreover, perfection is generally unobtainable.

Emotional Fitness Training Tips

The following tips will help you defeat perfectionism.

Tip one: Know what matters. All the research agrees with the sages of the ages. Nothing matters more than treating others the way you want to be treated and not hurting others in a way you would find hurtful.

Tip two: Find a philosophy that helps you live with imperfection. I find comfort in Thomas Lewis explanation in his book The Lives of a Cell. He explains that the power of nature’s building block DNA lies in the fact that it mutates. Some mutations bring beauty others deformity.

I am not saying deformity, pain, are good; certainly not for the individual suffering; but individuals are not the center of the universe, we are as a grain of sand under the ocean. All the heroes and heroines of the Old Testament were flawed. Moses had a speech impediment; David was an adulterer, Sarah did not believe.

The Buddhist believe “It is all alright.” That works for me most of the time. Right for the universe, if not for me.

Tip three: Practice forgiveness. That means forgiving yourself your flaws, as well as the flaws of others.  That is best done by being kind to the person you want to forgive.

Tip four: Be grateful for all the good you have been given. As the Irish say, “Enough is a feast.” If you can read this you have much to be grateful for.

Tip five: Strengthen your self-soothing skills.  You might want to buy my e-Book Self-soothing to Create Calm in Your Life. 

Tip six: Be patient; changing habits is not easy. Particularly when so many are trying to get you to do things their way.

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All our exercises are best practiced with full awareness. To become more fully aware, before and after an exercise take a Calming Breath, (Breathe in slowly, hold your breath until some tension builds; then breathe out slowly, smile gently and say a silent “Thank You”). 

Thank you for all you do.

Katherine 

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