3 Powerful Tips to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

You can easily stay physically fit. All you need is a healthy diet, enough sleep, and physical activity. You can keep your mind fit too. There is a whole bunch of brain-training games today that can help you boost your memory, creativity and thinking skills. But can you be emotionally fit too? Yes, you can! 

What is Emotional Fitness?

Emotional fitness is the state of our mind where we are able to focus on constructive and creative tasks while we manage to stay away from negative thoughts. With the scientific proofs today – emotional intelligence (EQ) is more important than IQ for our health and overall happiness, being emotionally fit seems to be a key to success in life.

Emotional fitness is your best armor against all of life’s challenges. When you’re emotionally fit, there’s nothing that can throw you off course because you’ve cultivated the inner-strength to block difficulties from infiltrating your mission and affecting your purpose.

You are supposed to be well-adapted. Successful in your relationships. To solve your conflicts constructively. To figure out your profession and your life altogether. Oh, and by the way, you don’t have the superpowers to manage all that. Obviously, we don’t come to this world equipped with the skills to go through life smoothly. We need to learn them. And we learn them continuously, no matter how old we are.

3 Powerful Tips to Improve Your Emotional Fitness

Similarly to need of being physically active to stay bodily fit, you need to work on your emotional health too. There certainly are some things that you can do to boost your emotional intelligence and stay emotionally fit.

1. Tag Your Feelings

Pay attention to your feelings and acknowledge them. Once you pay attention to your feelings, you are actually sending a signal to your brain to manage them. For instance, imagine that you were standing on the 30th-floor balcony. You are scared to death. If you label your emotion of fear, you will send a signal to your brain. As a response, your brain will decrease the stress hormones. Pretty cool, isn’t it?

What are you reacting to? Ask yourself that question every moment of every day when your peace is disturbed

Take a responsibility for your emotions. Remember that it is OK to feel sad, angry or afraid. Hold on to your feelings. Analyze your thoughts behind those emotions and ask yourself questions about them. Then release your feelings in a natural way.

Furthermore, listen to your body. This is very important. Why? Because our feelings are part of our body. Ask yourself what is your body actually feeling when you are mad, sad or scared. Or how does your body react when you feel happy, excited or in love? Remember, your brain and your body work together. So, always pay attention to signals that your body sends you.

2. Create a Strategy for Coping with Your Emotions

If you have a specific emotional issue, create a daily plan or routine of working on your feelings. Learn how to regulate your emotions. Try relaxation techniques, some other self-help coping skills or search for support. You can rely on your family-&-friends support network. Share your feelings with them. Or reach out to a professional mental health counselor to help you build your coping skills.

3. Try Out Mental Health Games

Enhance your EQ with the little help of mental health apps. They are similar to popular brain-training games that help you keep your mind fit. Fun but also scientifically grounded, mental health games like eQuoo can help you enhance your EQ in a fun and creative way. Apart from having fun, while playing eQuoo, you will learn life hacks that you can successfully apply to your everyday life and relationships.

The best part is that you learn the vital psychological and emotional skills through an engaging and fun game! You will learn how to boost your confidence, improve your communication skills and make your relationships thrive while having lots of fun.

Once you master these skills, you will need to use them to be able to level up in the game. Guess what? At the same time, you’ll be leveling up in your life, too. You will be able to use the emotional skills that you gained to improve your performance at school or at work. They will also help you enhance your relationships with other people.

The great thing is that these games are empirically based on current psychological research and many great psychological concepts that you can use in the upgrading of your emotional fitness.

Take control of your consistent emotions and begin to consciously and deliberately reshape your daily experience of life

Stay Emotionally Fit

Once you mastered your emotional fitness skills, you need to keep them up. Emotional well-being is something that requires maintenance. Stay in touch with your emotions. This way you will be able to feel the fullness of life. Also, being aware of your feelings will help you not to feel overwhelmed by experiencing certain emotions.

Emotional fitness is a bit of both, learning how to control your emotions and know how to fully experience them. Mental health games like eQuoo are a great way to learn how to keep your negative emotions like anxiety, fear or sadness at bay.

They are also an awesome tool that you can use to boost positive emotions like pride, love, confidence, and self-esteem. Because staying emotionally fit will help you keep up fulfilling relationships and reach your life goals effectively.

Silja Litvin
Silja Litvin is a psychologist, founder & CEO of PsycApps, a digital mental health platform and developer of eQuoo – the Emotional Fitness Game. Her company uses AI, gamification, and chatbots to help people help themselves. Stay in touch with Silja via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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  • Lydia lake

    I totally need to tag my emotions. Sometimes I’m all over the place and I don’t even know it! I took a look at the sight, but the app isn’t available in the UK yet. Bummer. I signed up, so lets see.

    • Lydia lake

      gss

    • PsycApps Applications

      Hi Lydia, thank you for your feedback: Getting a feeling for one’s emotions is a good start to becoming emotionally fit! We’re working on the app, it’s going live around march! Silja

  • Jane

    Wow, I’ve never heard before about emotional fitness! Great post, thanks for sharing! It’s important to like yourself 🙂

    • PsycApps Applications

      It’s one of those age old concepts, that people are just starting to understand and are giving ‘new’ names. I’m very happy you liked the article! Silja

  • Prashanth Reddy Nalla

    That was a great post. I wish I could write more but due to lack of time I will complete in short. The best post from your site. Thank you for such postings. 😊

    • PsycApps Applications

      Thank you, Prashanth, that really made my day! Writing is a positive therapeutic tool, I hope you find the time soon! Silja

  • Danijela Jokic Vaislay

    Great tips!!!

    • PsycApps Applications

      Thank you! Let me know if you have any questions! Silja

  • Marguerite

    Great post! I feel like so many people forget that being emotional fit is just as important as being physically fit! Thank you for sharing! 🙂

    • PsycApps Applications

      My words EXACTLY! Silja

  • Perfect post just what I needed to read right now! Amazing how negative energy can affect us emotionally and physically, great writing like this reminds us we are not alone x

    • PsycApps Applications

      I’m very happy to hear that I could contribute to something you needed – that’s the whole reason I write these things. I wish you strength, strong boundaries and a happy holiday season! Silja

  • Ekaterina Panteleeva

    Wow, it’s really an interesting and important topic. I would like to improve my “emotional fitness skills”, so I’ll try to follow your advices. Thank you!

    • PsycApps Applications

      Thank you, please let me know if you have any feedback, like what you found hard or easy! Best, Silja

  • Niharika Roy Choudhury

    Great way to boost to boost emotions and reshape life!! thanks for the positive post

    • PsycApps Applications

      My absolute pleasure! Silja

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