Emotion and Performance
When do you perform at your best? When you wake up? Before you go to sleep?
There is a peak performance level. It is within us all. It is where we perform at our best. It is the in between. You can either perform poorly when you’re tired or when your emotions are intense. Be it through anger, upset, embarrassment or any emotion. It is your choice. Would you react instantaneously off emotion or respond with considered thought?
There are numerous ways in which we can increase or decrease our emotional intensity. Everyone will have different methods that work for them. Some of the methods that I have found people generally benefit from over the years include music. This works on both levels. Elevating music can increase your performance, whilst more mellow sounds can serve to decrease your emotional intensity levels. Exercise can boost energy levels but also burn off excess negative energy. We can also use our thoughts to challenge any negative thought patterns we may get caught up in, likewise we can challenge excitable thoughts that may cause us to do something we may regret later.
The most effective methods of managing your emotions will be personal to you. I believe it is important for us to discover as many methods that work for us as possible. This way we will have tools at our disposal should the need arise.
Sorry for the delayed response Sherry. I am grateful to hear that you found the article interesting. The exercise you choose will be personal to what you prefer, be it walking, running, weights, other cardio or mindful movements such as Tai Chi, Qi Gong or Yoga. Personally, I prefer to do a mix of cardio and weights during the week after my first cup of tea to set me up for the day. I also find the routine helps keep me motivated and focused for the day. I also do mindful movements depending on my mood. These are excellent for managing stress and training the body and mind to focus on the present moment. I generally do these at the weekend or whenever stress arises. If you would like to discuss this further, please book a Mindset Meeting and I will be happy to discuss your options with you.
Thanks for your article, it's interesting. Indeed, now I understand that music helps me cope with various life difficulties. Previously, I did not notice this connection. You mentioned that various exercises can increase our energy levels. What are these exercises? How quickly will I see the results?