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Why we must be emotionally agile

Why we must be emotionally agile

Without healthy emotional control we won’t accomplish what we want to do. We often fail to truly appreciate the impact that our emotions have on ourselves and others. How can we achieve a healthy balance? How can we practice what psychologies call emotional regulation? Why does it even matter? Can’t we just let our emotions fly?

These are some of the concerns that Moriah and Aaron will cover in this podcast.

NOTE: Neither Aaron nor Moriah are professional psychologists.

4 areas where emotional control can impact life

  • Decision making
  • Relationship success
  • Day to day interactions
  • Self care – physical and mental health

From the real experts in psychology:

Emotional Regulation is “the ability to respond to the ongoing demands of experience with the range of emotions in a manner that is socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible to permit spontaneous reactions as well as the ability to delay spontaneous reactions as needed” (Cole, P. M., Michel, M. K., & Teti, L. O. (1994). The development of emotion regulation and dysregulation: A clinical perspective.)

Notice the important balance between socially tolerable and sufficiently flexible. The flexibility to which this quote refers is very much in keeping with agility. Nothing is going to work right if we can’t interact well with others. It will hinder our ability to succeed.

Crystal Raypole lays out a variety of ways to achieve healthy emotional balance in her article https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-control-your-emotions

A few practical suggestions from Raypole include:

  1. Learn to identify what emotions you are experiencing.
  2. Learn to regulate, not repress
  3. Know when to express yourself and with whom
  4. Give yourself space as needed

If you or someone you know is struggling with emotions or general mental health please reach out to someone.

Your personal well-being is more important than anything else. While we’re not trained to provide that support, we would be happy to connect you with the right people.

If things feel completely overwhelming please call – 800-273-8255

Sincerely, Moriah and Aaron

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