You've heard of resilience. You've probably heard of emotional intelligence. And you might have heard of emotional agility. In today's installment of Work Smart, we dive into the reasons why these are skills that you need to cultivate and the tragic consequences if you don't! Being emotionally agile allows us to regulate our emotions so that we can function at our best during uncomfortable and uncertain situations, and a key element of this is focus – something that isn't easy in these unprecedented times of disruption. We have to either learn to live in this time or move beyond it, which means defining our own normal again and taking ownership of our emotional health and development. This episode begins with a dive into the neuroscience of how our brains process emotions and triggers, before outlining the ways that these continue to live on in our bodies and psyche unless dealt with. We then excavate the causes and consequences of chronic stress and focus on the importance of self-awareness and authenticity (which isn't actually what most people think it is). You'll also hear about the tragic phenomenon of learned helplessness, getting caught in the drama triangle, and how these toxic cycles play out in the workplace! The episode winds to a close by covering the exact skills and characteristics you can cultivate to be emotionally agile, and how to do this so that it sticks. To discover all this, as well as the right questions to ask yourself to raise your emotional intelligence, tune into another insightful session of Work Smart!
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