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Written by Rachel Green, Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute, accredited user of the Mayer-Salovey-Caruso-Emotional-Intelligence Test (MSCEIT) and internationally recognised Emotional Intelligence Coach.

There are many different activities adults can engage in to develop their emotional intelligence and EQ.

Most of us have not grown up in emotionally intelligent societies, schools or families and thus our potential emotional intelligence has seldom developed to its fullest.

Therefore, we will present a series of emotional intelligence activities for adults that can make a difference.

If you are designing an EQ program for yourself or your team at work these are activities you can add.

Various articles will cover a small selection of the hundreds of activities available. This one will help you develop the first emotional intelligence competency on the Genos emotional intelligence model: Emotional self-awareness. 

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What is your EQ? How aware are you of your own emotions? 

A high level of emotional intelligence in this area would mean that you would consistently know how you were feeling, not just at the end of the day when you fell into bed exhausted, but throughout each day. This activity will therefore help you to know how you are feeling. 

Emotional intelligence activity: Set your clock

Stop and ask yourself "How am I feeling?" Make this a regular activity so you get used to stopping and finding out how you are feeling.

It may help you at first to set an alarm on your phone or computer, to remind you to do this every hour. At first, setting up reminders will help you do it frequently and regularly, even in a busy day, and not just when you remember.

After a time, this may become more automatic for you.

Make it a habit to ask yourself "How am I feeling?".

By increasing your awareness of your feelings and emotions you increase your ability to self-reflect, and to understand the emotional drivers of your behaviour. Self-reflection is a typical activity of people with high emotional intelligence.

What is your EQ? How sophisticated is your emotional self-awareness?

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