Living Emotionally Fit
By Anutza Bellissimo
Living Emotionally FitNov 24, 2021
How To Love Others Without Losing Ourselves
While no one would argue with considering others, it could be worthwhile to re-examine our beliefs around being selfish. For example, do we genuinely aspire to be without concern for ourselves? Or is it important to value and love ourselves, think for ourselves, have a life of our own, and be able to love others without losing ourselves?
In this episode, I share four self-discovery tools to help you self-assess priorities, analyze past relationships, thoughts, feelings, actions, and behaviors to live emotionally fit.
This episode of Living Emotionally Fit is brought to you by The Stress & Anger Management Institute providing individual coaching and group classes for personal growth and professional advancement.
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The Impact and Cost of Bullying
Lower Productivity -
How it costs the victim. When bullied at work, it's difficult to stay on-task and do one's best work. Bullied individuals likely feel distracted, disheartened, and disempowered. The stress of the situation also may be having physical effects, such as difficulty sleeping, fatigue, digestive problems, headaches, or muscle pain.
For many of us, our work performance closely connects to our self-esteem. We want recognition of our work. If instead, we are ridiculed or bullied, our self-esteem and confidence decline.
Company Costs -
When employees are not working to their full potential because of bullying, they're not helping the organization achieve its goals, and may even undermine the goals they are paid to accomplish. When employees don't perform, there's no return on that investment.
How bullying costs the company -
When teams of employees aren't working well together because of unhealthy relationships and bullying, it may mean that:
• More employees will quit or call in sick.
• Innovation and creativity will be down because people don't feel safe enough to take risks or make suggestions.
• Work will be done inefficiently because team members aren't communicating clearly.
• Employees will take out their frustration and anger on customers.
• The company will have to pay litigation fees and damages to the victim of bullying.
Damaged Relationships -
In a worker's search for sympathy and support, they may turn to gossip or complaining, instead of more productive solutions. Furthermore, that can affect credibility, making it harder for the individual to find resolution or gain any support. Without realizing it, they could also be perpetuating a toxic workplace environment that will undoubtedly breed more bullying.
How to Spot Workplace Bullying -
Bullying is not always easy to spot; there may be a gradual build-up of subtle intimidation or undermining behaviors. Here are some examples to contemplate. Is someone at work continually:
• Criticized or berated in front of the team? Always made to be the scapegoat and inappropriately blamed for disappointing results?
• Assigned tasks in which they are set up to fail, such as things that aren't in their skill set or nearly impossible to complete in the time allotted?
• Threatened with physical violence or unwarranted pay cuts, firing, or disciplinary action?
• Purposefully isolated from the team, being left out of the loop, and not invited to meetings or events?
What to Do If You're Experiencing Workplace Bullying
Acknowledge the situation and take care of yourself -
Drs. Gary and Ruth Namie, authors of The Bully at Work, urge you to be honest about what's happening; don't minimize it. Also, consider taking some time away from work so that you can explore your options, and restore your physical and emotional health. Find an impartial source of support that doesn't have a connection with your company.
Confront your employer -
When you feel strong enough, confront your employer about what's been going on. Nothing will change if you don't. Dr. Namies recommends that when you're approaching your superiors, focus on the costs of the bully to the company. If you focus on the emotional impact on you, you're more likely to be discredited. Present the facts: what was said or done, and the effect on the company's bottom line.
Plan your exit strategy -
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Being emotionally fit means we’re able to adapt gracefully in the face of stressful circumstances.
Improving emotional fitness has become an increasingly important topic. Traditionally, change was a short burst of disruption followed by a longer period of stable operations. Today, there are no longer any rest periods; change is continuous and enormous. The pace of change and unexpected challenges has become the new normal.
Change can affect how we view our personal and professional relationships which is why having a simple emotional fitness routine is important.
So, join me to find out how a simple emotional fitness exercise can help you thrive, and it only takes 1 minute a day!
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Resisting The Poison of Shame EP#9
Every time Grace, a loving single parent, took time for herself, she returned home with an awful sinking feeling. She didn’t understand why. “I had so much fun, and I'm proud of myself for making time for myself,” Grace thought to herself. Rather than expand from the joyous experience, or receive the delight and enthusiasm of her self-care, she contracted.
Grace’s contraction comes from the experience of shame, a poison that keeps us from experiencing our own joy and disconnects us from the aliveness within and around us. Whereas guilt is associated with a particular memory or situation and having done something wrong, the feeling of shame is about being wrong at our core. It is a debilitating feeling we have about ourselves that comes from a core belief that we are fundamentally flawed.
Sources of Shame
The poison that is the root of shame is absorbed in early childhood. As a result of not being seen and loved for who we are, we develop the belief that we are unlovable and that something is inherently wrong with us. Perhaps we were told outright that we were bad, stupid, or undeserving, or maybe we were physically abused, from which we concluded we had no value. The thing we may have done “wrong” might have been simply expressing our joyful authenticity. Like, Grace, we learned that it's not safe to be who we truly are in our experience of self—a sense of power comes from “knowing” that it's because we are inadequate. If our perceived "defectiveness" is causing the results we see, we believe there is always something we can do about it. We can do things “right.” Clinging to the belief that our inadequacy is the cause of other people’s behavior towards us prevents us from accepting our inherent helplessness over others’ feelings and actions. When we begin to understand that all people at all times are merely exercising their free will and it has nothing to do with us, healing can begin.
By taking specific steps toward healing, you can eradicate the poison of shame:
by permitting yourself to fully “show up.” Accept that other people’s feelings have nothing to do with you. With compassion, choose to no longer take their behavior personally. Practice forgiveness—for those whose conduct led to you feeling
shame, and for yourself.
March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, and according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. Studies confirm that inflammation is a common denominator among autoimmune diseases and that stress causes inflammation. Negative stressors include work overload, relationship conflicts, no peer support, illness, and poverty. Trauma heightens the body's stress response. Dr. Vincent Felliti, a trauma expert, confirms that traumatic childhood experiences can contribute to disease.
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Harnessing Subconscious Behavior to Move Into Conscious Leadership
With our constant stream of text messages, emails, meetings, conference calls, and so on, it is a minor miracle that any of us can accomplish anything. With our smartphones surgically implanted into our hands, our time is sliced so thinly that we never have room for error, focused time to develop big-picture perspectives, or the time needed for an action plan, let alone the time to execute it.
“Ineffective daily routines, superficial behaviors, poorly prioritized or unfocused tasks leech leadership’ capacities—making unproductive busyness perhaps the most critical behavioral problem” in our lifestyles today.
For so many of us—whether CEOs for major corporations, small business owners, or solo-entrepreneurs—there is a fundamental disconnection between knowing what needs to be done and actively taking responsibility for it. Calling this disconnection the “knowing-doing gap,” Stanford University researchers Jeffrey Pfeffer and Robert Sutton pose the question: “Why does knowledge of what needs to be done frequently fail to result in action or behavior consistent with that knowledge?” Is there anyone who hasn’t wondered the same thing? The answer is both simple and profound. We can sum it up with the term “willpower.” The problem is not that we self-manage poorly or that our time is divided ineffectively, but that our consciousness or “will” is divided as well; according to the theory of mind model, our “will” aka conscious mind only controls twelve percent of our behavior whereas our subconscious mind controls about eighty-eight percent of our behavior.
Getting things done requires two critical components: energy and focus. Sadly, both are at risk in our modern lifestyles. Building a bias for action in yourself and your career requires developing and reinforcing the skills to become a “purposeful” vs. “volitional” individual. These are people who can consistently achieve their objectives by making an unconditional commitment to their self-regulation goals and sub-conscious strategies — leveraging the power of that intention to overcome the obstacles in their way, whether their personal doubts or the bureaucracies within their organizations.
“Purposeful action-taking depends on engaging the power of the subconscious mind,” according to John Assaraf of NeuroGym. “Not only does your sub-conscious mind galvanize your mental and emotional energy -- it also enables you to make your intention happen against the most powerful odds: distractions, temptations to move in a different direction, self-doubt, and negativity. Sub-conscious brainpower is the force that strengthens your energy and sharpens your focus throughout the action-taking process.”
Here are four steps that form the basis of successfully taking action:
Challenge your beliefs
Your goals must be in alignment with your core beliefs. Your professional beliefs must be aligned with your personal beliefs so you can distinctly visualize its success. Your beliefs will affect your habits and perceptions.
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Hypnotherapy for Self-Improvement
Exploring the Strengths of Seeking Help
Long before there were hypnotherapists, there were family members. Aunt Helen listened or gave us advice, or sometimes Granny Annie just told us to toughen up and move on. If our family couldn’t help, there were friends or a clergy member. However, most of us were likely warned not to broadcast our troubles, and this led to people feeling they had to suffer through their problems silently.
Times change, and so has society’s acceptance of seeking help. The old stigma of being seen as weak or incapable is primarily gone, helped by many well-known writers, actors and politicians being open about their struggles with, and treatments for, everything from depression to chronic shoplifting. Going to a hypnotherapist is now seen as a positive step in most people’s lives.
Hypnotherapy is a unique collaboration and what makes it valuable sets it apart from family associations, friendships, working partnerships, and even love relationships.
According to WebMD, hypnotherapy can be used to treat anxiety, phobias, substance abuse including tobacco, sexual dysfunction, undesirable spontaneous behaviors, and bad habits. It can be used to help improve sleep, learning disorders, communication, and relationship issues.
Hypnotherapy serves as a balance in which two people are collaborating on a single project, helping the client deal with their problems and achieve the change they want. There is no other agenda.
It’s the simplicity of that agenda, combined with a structured schedule, confidentiality, and trust, that make this unique relationship work so well for so many people. Rather than proof that someone is “sick,” it is a sign of good health to commit to change.
Some people still believe a hypnotherapist will make them do things they don't want to do; this belief couldn't be any further from the truth. You get to choose your outcome. You choose what to say. You decide when to say it. Nowadays, there is an incredible number of ways to explore problems. In addition to hypnotherapy, there is Therapeutic Imagery, NLP, Neurofeedback, Biofeedback—even laughter therapy—to name just a few. For every kind of problem and every type of person, there is a therapeutic healing modality that fits.
The strength of hypnotherapy is that there are no strings attached. So let's look at some further benefits of the therapeutic relationship:
1. Safety. If the connection is right, you can feel safe to reveal your fears, dreams, and fantasies without fear of repercussions or judgment on the part of the hypnotherapist. Unlike telling a friend or family member, your words to a hypnotherapist won’t come back to haunt you.
2. Learning. Hypnotherapy can be seen as a profoundly educational experience, in which a hypnotherapist acts like a coach or a teacher to help the client understand their world—inner and outer—in new and positive ways.
We all have felt overwhelmed at least once in our lives. Grief, loss, anger, financial hardship, relationship problems, stress—all of these are a normal part of life to some degree. So is seeking help when coping is just too hard. It’s also normal to be a little afraid of what friends and family might say about seeing a hypnotherapist. However, in the end, it’s your life, and you know best how to make it a richer, happier and more fulfilling one—with a little help.
How to Have the Life You're Dreaming Of
How do people turn what we say they want into what they actually get?
Many articles, books, and workshops advise us to conduct one's self "as if." Behave as if you already have your dream job. Act as if you're successful—function from confidence.
If we support the theory behind our actions, it means that we behave in alignment with the intentions we desire, and we're more likely to achieve it.
Problems will arise when we don't want the life we think we want. For example, we may say that we want to find a loving partner, be at our ideal weight, or start our own business, but if we don't want the added responsibilities of behaving "as if," your effort will be a pointless exercise.
So what's the solution?
Here are some ways I suggest you begin.
First, I recommend you begin slowly. When we decide to make a significant change in our lives, we often try to do too many things at once and find ourselves overwhelmed or discouraged. Your focus on one thing that'll get you closer to the "you" you'd like to become.
Next, you'll need to face your resistance. Change is challenging for most of us. Give yourself a chance by being willing to address any underlying beliefs that might be getting in your way.
Don'tyou'll just set goals, reflect on them several times throughout your day. Make a list of your life as you'd like it to be – a written representation is often a potent and tangible reminder of what a customized, ideal life looks like.
Start practicing it. Once you can see yourself living your desired lifestyle and living as that person, start making the choices that person would make. Decisions can either reinforce old beliefs or new ones.
Make friends with people who are doing what you want to do. Role models are a great way to discover what works and avoid what doesn't. Ask better questions. Observe these individuals. Change. Grow.
Self-care. Ask yourself, "How does the ideal version of myself express self-love to themselves ?" Then respond accordingly.
Modify your environment to align with your new reality. There's no better deterrent to change than a stagnant situation that encourages inactive behavior. So instead, contribute to a change in scenery. It can be the accelerator for a positive attitude and behavior change.
Addictive habits die hard. It's convenient to become stuck with (or comforted by) old lifelong habits. When unproductive routines get in the way of change, the best way to shed them is to replace them with something new.
Grow into it. Make choices in your professional and personal life as though you already have the growth you're dreaming of. That does not mean getting into debt, spending "as if "you have the million dollars you'd like to have. Instead, I suggest you begin by replacing a scarcity philosophy with one of abundance and well-being.
Behaving "as if" does not mean change occurs overnight. Every day, we're all faced with choices that will continue to promote the life we have or propel us into the life we want. By choosing to step into some of the steps above, you'll be ready to make a decision that can help you realize your dreams sooner rather than later.
Discovering Our Subconscious Gifts
What many of us don't realize is that the shadow can be a beneficial aspect of ourselves that holds the key to transformation—a loyal friend bearing the gifts of depth, integrity, vitality, and wholeness—if we choose to meet it and love it.
Awareness of patterns is always the first step towards the treasure box that lies within your subconscious behavior. But the elusive nature of our mysterious character can make it tricky to discover the content of one's shadow. So here are some helpful detective tools: Examine your exaggerated negative feelings about others.
Listen to this episode to discover some helpful detective tools and uncover the gifts of your subconscious.
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Stress and Illness: The Connection
Believe it or not, stress is not the villain it's made out to be. Instead, stress can give an athlete the competitive edge or a public speaker the enthusiasm to project optimally in small, short-term doses. It can even boost the immune system.
However, chronic stress over time—the kind commonly encountered in daily life, such as work overload, financial difficulties, marital problems—can have significant adverse effects on nearly every body system, suppressing the immune system and ultimately manifesting as an illness.
The danger occurs when stress becomes persistent and consistent, a way of life. Chronic stress raises the risk of viral infection and diabetes. In addition, it can trigger severe problems for asthmatics, lead to gastrointestinal issues and cause high blood pressure, which brings an increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
To get a handle on this silent adversary, you want first to recognize that you are chronically stressed. Here are four kinds of warning signs:
Cognitive symptoms include problems with memory, an inability to focus, or feeling worried or pessimistic all the time.
Emotional symptoms can include feeling moody, lonely, overwhelmed, unhappy, or depressed.
Physical symptoms might include constant aches and pains, nausea, dizziness, or a rapid heartbeat.
Behavioral symptoms might range from severe changes in sleeping or eating patterns to turning to bad coping habits such as smoking or drinking.
Your ability to successfully navigate stress depends on factors such as quality of relationships, general outlook on life, and emotional fitness. Nevertheless, the impact of stress accumulates. Just because you appear to tolerate stress well now doesn't mean it won't sneak up on you later.
Besides exercise, sleep, and healthy eating, here are a few other ways to help protect your health.
Seek activities or projects that make you feel good. For some, it's taking a bath. For others, it's racing three-wheelers. Determine what's important to you and create a lifestyle that embraces and supports you.
Strive for empowered thinking. While you can't necessarily control a system, another person's behavior, or others' impressions of you, you are always in control of your thoughts, actions, values, and choices.
Enjoy yourself more. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and inspire you to be the best version of yourself. Find the places, people, and circumstances that authentically bring you delight, and insist on giving them a place in your life. Increasing joy can add years to your life.
A small amount of stress isn't necessarily a bad thing. However, when it's constant and negative, our minds and bodies can pay a hefty price. Chronic stress prevention indeed is the best medicine.
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How To Master Your Inner Skills
When unfavorable situations, actions, and emotional conflicts repeatedly happen in your life, you may find yourself in the same scene, with different characters, more often than you care to admit. If so, there’s a good chance you are in the presence of a negative “pattern.” Some examples: constant conflict with co-workers, people-pleasing, or picking unsuitable partners/lovers. At best, these negative patterns cause frustration. At worst, they create undue suffering, uphill struggles, sometimes even death. The good news is: you have the power to change these negative patterns.
Allow me to share with you some ways to begin disrupting your dominant negative patterns so that you can start laying down new, more positive habits.
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