Emotional intelligence (EQ) is the ability to identify, use, understand and manage emotions in positive ways to relieve stress, communicate effectively, empathize with others, overcome challenges and defuse conflict.
Your EQ impacts many different aspects of your daily life, such as the way you behave and the way you interact with others. With a high EQ, you are able to assess the emotional state of yourself and others and engage with others in a positive, productive way. Having this better understanding of emotions helps you relate better to others, form healthy relationships and achieve greater success in many areas of your life.
Your EQ has an impact on many parts of your life, including:
1. Performance at work
Emotional intelligence can help you better understand social situations in the workplace, make you a strong leader and help further your career at a faster pace. In fact, many companies now require candidates to take an EQ test during the application process.
2. Physical health
Being unable to control your personal stress levels can lead to serious health issues. Unmanaged stress can raise blood pressure, suppress the immune system or increase the risk of heart attack. If you’re trying to improve your EQ, you first need to learn how to correctly manage and relieve stress.
3. Mental health
Uncontrolled stress can also impact your mental health, making you more likely to develop anxiety, depression or both. With an EQ that is not under control, you will also be more prone to mood swings.
By understanding your emotions and how to control them, you’re better able to express how you feel and understand how others are feeling. This allows you to communicate more effectively and forge stronger relationships, both at work and in your personal life.
Without a high EQ, it will be very difficult to navigate stressful situations in your daily life. A high EQ can not only help yourself physically or mentally, but affect your productivity and lifestyle at work, home or among relationships with those in your life.