A wild horse is hard to tame. It takes time, effort, patience, perseverance and acute awareness of what you are doing. Unbridled emotions are even more complex to reign in. I have seen lives spiral out of control, resulting in the breakdown in relationships, families, businesses and various mental health issues. Chronic stress is linked to six leading causes of death including heart disease, cancer, lung ailments, accidents, cirrhosis of the liver and suicide, according to the American Psychological Association. Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body’s reaction to a challenge or demand. In short bursts, stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline. But over a prolonged period of time, stress can have devastating effects.
In psychology, emotions are defined as a complex state of feeling that results in physical and psychological changes that influence thought and behavior. Emotionality is associated with a range of psychological phenomena, including temperament, personality, mood, and motivation. From this viewpoint it can clearly be seen just how far-reaching the effects of your emotional state has on your life. Emotions are controlled by the levels of different chemicals in your brain, but there is no one ‘love’ or ‘hate’ chemical. At any given moment, dozens of chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, are active. Different networks in the brain can create the same emotion. And yes, emotions are created by our brain. It is the way our brain gives meaning to bodily sensations based on past experience.
While emotions are associated with bodily reactions that are activated through neurotransmitters and hormones released by the brain, feelings are the conscious experience of emotional reactions.
In this masterclass you will be given the skill sets to help guide you to mastering your emotions, regardless of the situations you face. You will learn how to switch from the fight or flight (survival) response, to one of remaining cool, calm and collected in any given situation. You will learn what it takes to ensure your emotional wellbeing and how you can change from a once very bitter and angry person, to someone who lives every moment in peace and joy. And yes, it IS neurologically possible!
To understand the workings of your emotions, it is important to understand what the emotional brain is, and how it works. The limbic system is a group of interconnected structures located deep within the brain. It’s the part of the brain that’s responsible for behavioral and emotional responses.
Once you gain a deeper understanding of the workings of the limbic system, you will be able to identify what triggers certain emotional responses in you. This is hugely beneficial in gaining a foundation of knowledge into the workings of your emotions.
One of the most difficult things to learn is how to shift from anger to peace, sadness to joy, lack to abundance. These are all emotions and feelings we experience in our lives, and the secret is to know how to move from one state that does not serve you in any way whatsoever, to a state that is both empowering and liberating.
There is NO judgment in what you feel or think. There is just a recognition of what does or does not serve you. Once you are aware of these states, you will learn how to overcome them through tried and tested methods. This is a very practical hands on module, and you should approach it as a personal fun scientific experiment that you will be conducting on yourself.
Emotional maturity is when someone can manage their emotions no matter their circumstances. They know how to respond to tough situations and still keep their cool.
I did some research a few years back on skill sets required for leadership, and for years now it has been said that EQ (emotional intelligence) is more important than IQ (intelligence quotient). Further to this, when I was interviewing candidates for senior positions, it was decided that we could train for skill, but EQ takes much longer to learn (although not impossible). What companies want in leadership, are leaders that are emotionally resilient and mature, to handle the daily stressors that we currently face in these turbulent times.