Ever wanted to be better at communicating in stressful circumstances? Me too, it’s a life skill super power. But no matter how many communication classes and workshops I went on, this skill illuded me when I needed it most – during difficult conversations. It’s like there was something missing in the content. And there was; understanding the role my feelings played in being able to navigate these decisive, and sometimes emotionally-charged, exchanges.
Being aware of your emotions is crucial for developing strong interpersonal communication skills as well as your emotional health, but it’s not a topic that’s commonly found in professional development content. Emotional health refers to the overall wellbeing of your emotional state, including the ability to cope with stress, manage emotions, and maintain healthy relationships (all of which can help make you a better communicator).
Here are four ways emotional health can increase your interpersonal communication skills:
These four things also help you with another key component of emotional health; optimism. Optimism is the ability to have a positive attitude and outlook on life; it involves remaining hopeful and resilient, despite occasional setbacks. When you’re feeling optimistic (about yourself, life, work, etc.), you’re better equipped to handle stress, manage your emotions, and connect with others in meaningful ways, which also goes a long way towards preventing dissatisfaction and burnout at work.
Emotions play a critical role in developing strong interpersonal communication skills, but it’s not included as a topic in most communication workshops and classes. By cultivating self-awareness, empathy, self-compassion and conflict resolution skills, you can improve your ability to connect with others and build meaningful relationships based on trust. These skills can be applied to all aspects of your life, from personal relationships to professional ones, and can ultimately lead to a happier and more fulfilling life, creating a work life you can love.