Let start with a little story today. As I improve as a CrossFit athlete, I need to do my mobility and stretching exercise, so I can gain the flexibility and the ranged motion to be able to perform the Olympic lifting movements with the right form and safely. This is a natural path for most sports. While it is excellent to gain muscle and endurance, being flexible and have a proper range of motion will make you gain muscle faster, recover better and you are less likely to hurt yourself. This leads me to your question for today: What if our emotions could be looked at it from the same angle?
In this article, we will look at the limitations of our range of emotions and what you can do to extend it, so you can live a fuller life and be more in tune with yourself.
In my latest read, Awaken the Giant Within: Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny, the author keeps mentioning that the average person experience 10 or so emotions through a regular week. Only 10 or so. How does he know you ask me? Well, it is not that hard! In seminars, he does an exercise where he asks people to write down the emotions felt last week and most participants can’t go beyond 10 or 12. Do the exercise yourself, take a pen, a piece of paper and write down ALL the emotions you felt in the last seven days. You can leave your number in the comments!
I’ve been there too myself, and while I have been working on my range of emotions, I still have a long way to go. There is no shame in that; the importance is to move forward. After all, it is great to gain the awareness of one aspect of your life which is limiting!
So what can you do about it?
I have a simple process to recommend to you today, which is the one I went through myself!
- Find yourself a list of emotions
- Set the alarm on your Phone (random if possible) that will ring 3-4 times a day
- When the alarm goes off, check with yourself how you feel. Take a minute if needed, and a deep breath might help!
- Regularly look at the list and slowly integrate new emotions
For Step 1, you can google it, there are hundreds. I started with a simple one, with 25-30 emotions on it then picked up one with a lot more as I felt more comfortable with identifying emotions.
For Step 3, you might not feel emotions right away. You can focus on body sensations to start with. It could be some your feet which are cold, your back which is hitching, or just a bit of tension in your neck.
Something else that was useful to me is to talk to someone who is more advanced with feeling that own emotions. I am lucky enough to have such a wife, but a friend would work well too. Ask them about how do they feel their emotions or how do they interpret they body sensations. Get curious about them, but don’t forget that the point today is to get curious about your own emotions!
I know that this simple process can help you reconnect with yourself and get to know yourself better! Give it a try and let me know how it is going in the comments below!
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