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 boost emotional resilience 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.
If I were to ask you what your biggest dream was, I bet it would have to do something with other people. Be it opening a school in Africa, getting a scholarship, doing an Iron Man, starting your own company or having a baby – everything is connected to other people. Why? Because we are social creatures. We strive and blossom when we’re in a secure and happy relationship and get sick if we’re not. It’s human nature.
Being able to maintain healthy relationships is one of the biggest factors of mental resilience, yet while we learn all about math, money, medicine, and biology, we never officially learn the fundaments of successful social interactions. And did you know that EQ (emotional intelligence) is more important for success in the workplace than IQ?!
That in mind alongside the fact that the brain is wired to like novelty and gameplay as well, PsycApps Digital Mental Health, my mobile game development company and I developed eQuoo, the Emotional Fitness Game.
Inspired by the language learning game, DuoLingo, which passed the 100 million download mark not too long ago, we developed a game that teaches psychological skills – in a fun way.
Psychological skills are needed for everyday social interactions as well as internal emotional processing. The more skills one master, the easier it is to develop and maintain relationships as well as keep one’s mental health in the green: each skill acts preventative in a way.
Being able to grieve in a healthy way, activate one’s social support network and take away positively reframed life lessons are skills that keep people away from spiraling, emotional breakdowns and mental illness.
Angry with someone?
Being able to recognize the real emotions behind the anger (spoiler alert – it’s often fear), self-regulate and empathy – make the difference between a bad day and losing a friend, loved one or job.
With eQuoo we teach many of the most important skills, like Emotional Bids and generalization, and then send our players on an interactive journey through different genres where they get to practice the skills in a fun and safe environment. The best part of the game is when they encounter a situation in real life and recognize that they can use a skill they learned with eQuoo to better connect and navigate through a stressful situation.
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.
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