Developing Emotional Intelligence in Students

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Developing Emotional Intelligence in Students
  • Try to answer the following questions before starting the blog:

    Can you control your emotions?
    Do you get nervous when you express your emotions?
    How do you respond to other people's emotions?

    Have you finished answering the questions above? If you answered yes, you have mastered the fundamentals of emotional intelligence. If not, don't worry; you will develop it after reading this blog, as we will discuss emotional intelligence from a student's perspective and understanding the need to incorporate it as a subject in schools and other educational institutes.

    Emotional intelligence (EI) is the ability to recognise and regulate emotions while handling and developing interpersonal relationships with self-awareness, good judgement, and empathy. Emotional intelligence can be taught and enhanced over time.

    Key Signs and Examples of Emotional Intelligence include:

  • Ability/skills to recognize and describe what others are realizing
    Being aware of personal strengths and the limits of others
    Self-confidence and adaptability
    Strength to ideally deal with mistakes
    Ready to conform to changes
    Being sensitive to the feelings/sentiments/emotions of others
    Taking responsibility for all that is done wrong/right
    Strength to control emotions even during tough situations

    How to Use Emotional Intelligence?

  • Emotional Intelligence can be used in various ways. Some tips for practicing emotional intelligence are:

  • Ready to accept criticism and take responsibility
    Move ahead after making a mistake
    Say 'NO' when needed
    Share feelings with others
    Solve problems in an amicable manner
    Maintaining empathy for people around
    Possessing good listening skills
    Being aware of all happenings
    Remaining non-judgmental to all

    Experts agree that EI is more important to determine life success than IQ alone.
    Understanding emotions helps maintain good relationships, improve well-being, and refine communication skills.

    How to Become More Emotionally Intelligent?

  • Instead of expressing your anger to others with a loud voice, you might consider deep breathing when you're upset. This technique will provide some extra time to rework the strategy and react with more understanding.

    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is also a good option to consider. It is a therapy that helps people learn emotional regulation. Under the observation of a trained therapist, you will learn a few healthy coping mechanisms. These tips will help to handle difficult emotions in an effective and useful manner.

    Some schools have also introduced Social and Emotional Learning Programs (SEL) to teach kids how to be emotionally competent. These programs are available for adults as well.

    Pay attention to what others say. Skills to learn body language also proves of great use.

    Try to keep yourself in a position a person is going through. It will better help to show empathy to others.  
    Try to judge what impact your decisions will bring on others. It is an effective exercise to learn the best of EI.   

    It is critical to include emotional intelligence as a subject during school days so that students can develop professionalism, self-awareness, and remain stress-free. Furthermore, emotional intelligence plays a huge role in ensuring success. Solh Wellness remains ready to assist subscribers in the best possible manner, along with a large team of certified and experienced mental care specialists.