Emotional Balance

What is Emotional Balance?

The ability of the mind and body to maintain equilibrium and flexibility in the face of challenges and change.

 

In mindfulness, this ability is known as Equanimity.

Equanimity is the mental or emotional stability or composure, especially under tension or strain; calmness; equilibrium.

 

Why is it important to maintain emotional balance (equanimity)?

  • Promotes physical health, well-being, and personal growth

  • Improves physically relaxation and physical health and energy

  • Enhances creativity, confidence, and mental clarity

  • Enables greater objectivity about feelings and thoughts

  • Improves emotional awareness (Emotional Intelligence)

  • Improves cognitive awareness

  • Improves behavioral awareness

  • Improves focus and concentration

  • Lowers resistance to taking clear and decisive action

  • Enhances motivation

  • Improves mood

  • Improves relationships with others

  • Improved propensity to re-frame negative experiences

  • Open’s the mind to higher states of consciousness

  • Improves your ability to meet your emotional and physical needs

  • Improves your ability to build a successful and happy life

 

How to balance emotions?

  • Understanding your emotions

  • Self-regulating

  • Breathing

  • Checking in throughout your day

  • Knowing your body (physical sensations)

 

Remember S.T.O.P.P.

Stop, pause and be still.

Take a few deep breaths (count to five as you breathe in and breathe out).

Observe (use all 5 senses).

Process (notice emotions, physical sensations, implications, consequences, etc.).

Proceed (excuse yourself, bathroom break, change your view, continue).

 

 

The Stress-Reaction Cycle (JKZ)