Regardless if you are the CEO of a company or a super successful entrepreneur, there is always room for improvement. Often time’s we get so caught up in our job, friends and family that we forget to take care of ourselves.
When is the last time you took time for yourself?
This is an important question for two reasons. One, it allows you to reflect on how you treat yourself, both mentally and physically; and secondly, it shows how much you have invested in self-management for both your personal and professional life.
You could be very successful in your business life, but if you are not looking after yourself as an individual, it will soon catch up to everything you do.
If you do not participate in self-management:
- There will be a decrease in your mental and physical health
- You have the potential to lose valuable relationships
- Your work ethic will decrease
- Your motivation decrease
Emotional Intelligence allows people to build up their emotional muscles that contribute to a healthier emotional and social well-being.
Now, I know life gets in the way; we get stuck in routines that it almost becomes impossible to find time to improve our well-being. Emotional Intelligence has 15 competencies in which 4 of them are the key to self-management and self-care.
1. Emotional Self-Awareness
Understanding your own emotions will be vital to self-management. What makes you angry, sad, happy, excited? Discover your feelings in the moment. When a situation arises, stop and analyze:
How did you react when first presented with the situation?
What are you feeling?
What outcome do I want?
How can I approach this?
2. Stress Tolerance
Stress is something everyone experiences, sometimes daily. Having high stress levels dramatically decreases your mental and physical health. When you are presented with situations that increase your stress, stop what you are doing and breath- you will be surprised how helpful taking 5 deep breathes will be. We are all busy people, but it is important to take a little time and de-stress. Some things you can do are:
- Read a book
- Listen to music
- Talk it through with your mentor
3. Impulse Control
Impulses, everyone has been a victim of acting on an impulse. Maybe it was that chocolate bar that was right by the checkout, or that new gadget that you need to buy right now!
Although not every impulse ends in a negative outcome, they contribute to the decrease of your over-all well-being. It is important to control your impulses and rationally think about what you are about to do.
4. Interpersonal Relationships
Even if you are a workaholic and your job takes up 90% of your time, it is important to create and maintain friendships outside your work life. If you are surrounded by business 24/7, it will start to weigh on your mental health. When you leave work, leave everything work related, including your work-related thoughts, behind. It is great to make work-friends, but just remember when you meet outside of work, don’t talk about it. Surround yourself with people that are going to lift your spirits; who understand your beliefs, opinions, and will support you through all aspects of your life.
Self-management is a never-ending process. Remember that taking care of yourself first doesn’t mean you are not looking out for others; rather, it demonstrates your passion for your self-worth, which is an important value to have!