Success Coaching @ Mohawk College – Success Tip #46

Theme: Stress Management through Emotional Self Awareness

Twitter Quote:  

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.  Madame Curie

eLearn Module: Emotional Self Awareness

Why this is important…

Everyone has a wonderful communication system that tells them what they need to know about themselves; what they need to avoid, how to best to handle their stressful situations and just what is overall best for them. Emotions! Nature’s wonderful communication system. Sometimes emotions seem nasty, sometimes pleasant; it all depends on how they are being interpreted by you. Most people spend their lives just reacting to emotional information, usually in a way that is negative for them, which sometimes causes people to fear certain emotional states. Think about times where you were angry, afraid, overwhelmed, and happy; what were those emotions telling you about yourself? Your situation? Did you feel fear because you were not sure that you could handle a difficult situation? Were you happy because you were in a situation that allowed you to feel good about yourself and your abilities? Did you feel angry because you felt trapped and did not know how to solve a situation? Emotions are great little communicators…if you listen to the message. They can be a cue that you need to change your situation, to take a different approach or to look for opportunities to use your strengths instead of forcing yourself to work constantly with your deficits. When you select an academic program that fits for you, most students tend to feel a sense of “Flow”; everything feels easy or, at least, in the realm of what is possible. Emotions are not to be feared, but rather just understood as they relate to you. It is the key to knowing what you need and how to become the best version of you.

My advice…

Take a moment to think about what your emotions are telling you. The best place to start is to think about when you are feeling angry, ask yourself what is happening in my life? What am I not for solving? If you are feeling happy…ask yourself the same.

For more information on this topic…

If you are interested in further working on building your skill and strengths in the area of Impulse Control, check out my Emotional Self Awareness Module in eLearn under “SuccessCoaching @ MohawkCollege”!

Your Success Coach,

Heather Drummond, M.Ed. (Counselling)

Success Coach & Counsellor @ Mohawk College

Fennell Campus – “The Square” – C102

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