Relaxation and Emotional Intelligence

Relaxation and Emotional Intelligence

Relaxation and Emotional Intelligence


  • 1 What is relaxation?
  • 2 Mind and body
  • 3 The influence of stress
  • 4 Become aware of our emotions
  • 5 How to relax

What is relaxation?

We begin this post by making a brief definition of the term relaxation: We can understand relaxation as a state opposite to a state of tension, although if we want to extend that term a little more we can also say that relaxation would be like a complete state of rest both physically and mentally.

Mind and body

We find then two factors, physical and psychological Although they may not seem distant, it is more in relaxation that they may even have more union than ever. For example, when our muscles are relaxed, our Central Nervous System he notices it, since he does not receive the nerves that command them since they do not transmit any signal, therefore inactive, as if they were isolated electrical conductors, not receiving current. That said, it may seem somewhat complex but it is simple. No, we are not machines with current but let's not forget the greatness of our body and its operation. It's more, If, for example, in an area of ​​our body we achieve deep relaxation, there can be no such thing as a nerve reflex.. To understand this operation, it is enough to imagine a television, but it is connected, we cannot see it for the simple reason that there is no current when disconnected.

The influence of stress

In a world where the stress It is very present, any gesture, movement that we carry out will always consist of a nervous impulse, which produces a muscular contraction. Therefore, as a general rule, then we can understand that if there is no movement, it would be normal for such muscle contraction not to occur. Seen this way, it is still easier to understand the importance of knowing how to relax in order to achieve our goal both physically and psychically.

When we say any gesture, they do not always have to be gestures of great effort, an action as usual as biting the nails also produces a logical contraction, so precisely and with this example we interpret that if we see a person biting the nails is nervous, anxious, impatient or afraid of an event. And of course, if that person is nervous, stress appears.

As discussed we live in a stressful time, where we have little time to recognize this stress and remedy it. But it is important to note that any stimulus has an impact on our muscular system, organs and the so-called psyche, transporting us at an appreciable tension level on many occasions, although without being really aware of it, increasing our instability by showing us even irascible with our surroundings, with high degrees of irritability and emotional imbalance.

Become aware of our emotions

At this point it is necessary to comment that recognizing the origin of stress will obviously help us not only to remedy or prevent, but to recognize our own emotions, a very present topic in what we call emotional intelligence. It should be remembered that in the great majority of people the fatigue suffered has an origin at the mental level, often not only at the physical level.

Learning to relax allows us to resolve emotional conflicts with our own body, because we will be aware of what happens to us and how to solve it, but it will also improve our relationship with others, because we will find ourselves better to interact. If we know how to relax we will find ourselves more positive, confident and above all we will reinforce our emotions, thus favoring the development of our emotional intelligence.

How to relax

There are many methods in relaxation techniques but they all pursue the same objective, our emotional stability and physical rest, because as mentioned at the beginning this relationship is closer than it may seem. Undoubtedly the pressures of today are not easy to carry and we do not always achieve the desired results, allowing us to address many times due to problems, but although not all problems have a quick solution, relaxation can help mitigate its effects but above all help us to face these in another way, more constructive and beneficial. Now that you know how important relaxation is, you should know that your emotional intelligence is too, now you have to learn to recognize your emotions and relax, it sounds good, right?

David Alvarez
Social Psychologist & Ecop Collaborator of