Emotional Intelligence

by Ed Harrold |  Date Released : 26 Jun 2017

The ability to alter one’s emotional responses is central to overall well-being and to effectively meeting the demands of life. One of the more popular terms that defines this ability is “resilience.”

To be resilient defines how well we can adapt and recover quickly from demanding situations. Resilience is the strategy around improving our emotional intelligence.

So, how does this relate to exercise and personal training? When I first entered the field of performance coaching, terms like

  1. building resilience,
  2. develop focused attention,
  3. manage sustainable energy levels and
  4. strengthen our emotional intelligence

were sought after areas of development in elite athletic training. Athletes and coaches understand the two obstacles that interfere with winning are overtraining (stress to the body) and cognitive training (how am I perceiving my obstacles).

As the demands of life rise for our clients, they recognize life/work have become an endurance event. It's not a sprint. However, much like the athlete, it's not their education (or skill training) that's their greatest obstacle. It's the demands of the environment and how we're mentally and emotionally processing these demands that becomes the obstacle. When they come to work out, we should be designing routines that enhance brain function, reduce stress, build resilience, increase energy levels and strengthen their cognitive and emotional abilities; not depleting them even more.

Your and my clients are seeking our expertise on how to “feel” better physically, mentally and emotionally. What I've learned over all these years is we cannot fix the mind with the mind. The mind is myriad of experiences and belief systems all based on learned behaviors that's always operating in "replay" mode. The truth lies in the body. The body cannot lie. It’s operating from a place of truth at all times. So, let’s show them how the body can be used as a tool for transformation when used properly.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the perspective that one’s ability to self-regulate the quality of feeling and emotion is intimately tied to our physiology.
  • Discuss the role of breathing patterns, heart rate variability and the vagus nerve as it relates to emotional self-regulation.
  • How moderate levels of exercise can be used to strengthen vagal tone.

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Ed Harrold

About the author: Ed Harrold

Ed Harrold is an inspirational leader, coach, and educator. Ed’s mastery in the science of breath has guided him to apply mindful, conscious breathing practices in fitness, weight loss, stress reduction, healthcare and overall health and well-being.

Today, Ed blends the fields of neuroscience and the wisdom of contemplative traditions into effective strategies to improve health, fitness & well-being in Corporate America, Healthcare, athletic performance and individual health. Ed’s fluency in mindfulness-based strategies combined with the belief in the human potential gives him the depth and understanding to meet individuals and group needs across industries and platforms.

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