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« 14. Reducing stress for very busy people: Tips 1-5 »

Written by Rachel Green. Director, The Emotional Intelligence Institute. Author of "How to develop emotional resilience and manage your emotions".

People with high emotional intelligence have been found to cope better with organisational stress. How do they do this?

How can you develop your emotional intelligence so that you feel less stressed in a busy day and a pressured workplace. The steps can be very quick, simple and easy. Managing your emotions doesn't have to be hard. 

Of course, as you are busy, you'll want quick ways to help you that don't take even more time out of your busy day. Here are some brief tips - I've kept them short for you!

This is the first in a two-part series of articles on developing emotional intelligence and resilience so you handle stress easily. 

This first article is on "Reducing stress for very busy people: Tips 1-5". The second article is on "Reducing stress tips 6-10".

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Emotional intelligence and stress tip 1: Breathe in, breathe out

While you're sitting at the traffic lights, waiting for the train, stuck in a queue at the lunch bar, waiting to give a presentation, waiting for your computer to boot up - focus on breathing calmly, gently, rhythmically.

Know you are breathing in. Know you are breathing out. Keep on monitoring your breathing wherever you are. It is a great way to keep calm with whatever is happening around you.

Know you are breathing in. Know you are breathing out. That's using your emotional intelligence.

No matter how busy you are you have to breathe - so monitoring it takes little extra time. 

Emotional intelligence and stress tip 2: Say "May I be happy"

While you're waiting for the customer to pay you, waiting for a phone call or walking to a meeting, think positive thoughts: "May I be happy, may my colleagues be happy, may the whole organisation be happy".

Don't waste your energy on negative thoughts, complaining to yourself about what is happening, or by noticing what is wrong. All these chew up your energy.

If you protect your thinking, you protect your energy. It takes no more time to think positively than it does to think negatively - it's just that one is better for you. Which will you do? Use your emotional intelligence and keep your thoughts positive.

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Emotional intelligence and stress tip 3: STOP

STOP - for 2 minutes each morning and each afternoon. Close your eyes and check in with how you're feeling. Clear out your mind. Refresh your mind. And then continue.

You could even do this while going to the toilet. Everyone needs to go to the toilet. While you are sitting/standing there make the most of the time: relax and refresh!

Managing a busy life is about making the most of the time you do have. That's using your emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence and stress tip 4: Use public transport

Instead of driving to work - take a train or bus. Then use the spare time well. While you're sitting on a train, bus or plane close your eyes and meditate.

Why sit there and be stressed? Why sit or stand there going through hassles? Why waste time reading junk magazines? Be the only one with a smile on your face.

I often meditate on the train on the way to work. I think I am the only one who arrives at work happy! Of course, if you are sitting, the time can also be used to clear some of your work ... or to catch up on phone calls. Use your time well. That's using your emotional intelligence.

Emotional intelligence tip 5: Walk slowly across the building

Walking with attention on a part of your body can help you settle. Everyone has to walk somewhere, at some time in their day.

While you're walking - go slowly, focus on your feet and feel each part of each foot touching the floor. Walk slowly. Feel at ease. Manage your emotions intelligently. That's using your emotional intelligence.

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