Communication can be a very important skill. We communicate every day with friends, family, and coworkers. How we communicate plays a big part in how we are perceived. However, emotions can sometimes take over and affect how we communicate without us realizing it. Not feeling confident, anger, sadness and even joy can affect our communication. Controlling your emotions is one way to communicate effectively.
When you are angry, it can be difficult to control your body language and tone. The wrong body language and tone of voice could hinder you from getting your point across or being taken seriously. Talking aggressively can turn people off while talking too softly or passive can show lack of confidence. People may be taken back by your energy and not focus on what you are saying. Try a meditation method that you think will work for you, this will help you to control anger and stress. Examples of meditation methods to consider are yoga, deep breathing, physical exercise and prayer. Meditating in the morning before you start your day is a great way to control emotions, or just anytime you can fit it in your busy schedule. The key is to do it regularly and you will see a difference.
If sounding confident or just getting people to listen to you is your problem try to research your issue that you want to talk about first, you will come across more confident because you know what you are talking about, also you have proof to refer back to. If it is a personal issue than think about what you will say before hand. Think of how others may respond to you and prepare for the next step of the conversation. If you still feel like you just can’t connect, then turn the conversation in the direction that you feel would interest them. Bring up topics that would interest them, then blend in information you want to get across.
beneficial to joints
increases blood flow
drops blood pressure
builds muscle strength
Yoga is for every age and fittness level. It can be done in the privacy of your own home or in a class. The word Yoga means “union” – the union of the mind, body and spirit, and has been around for thousands of years. Many people believe and have experienced the results of yoga for themselves. Today you can learn yoga by buying a yoga DVD, purchase a book about yoga or take a local yoga class. There are studies that show results of increased lung capacity, tolerance to stress, weight loss, reduced cholestereol and blood-sugar levels (Jerusalim J., 2002). Check out this link about the benefits of Yoga.
relaxes the body
relieves stress and tension
helps with focusing
improves mental state
brings clarity to the mind
According to the Virginia Women’s Center, deep breathing is an effective exercise that can improve mental health. Not only does deep breathing improve mental health and reduce stress, it also lowers blood pressure and heart rate. This is the easiest way to control mood, it can be done quickly and discretly. Click on this link to learn more about breathing exercises and find one that works for you. This site has easy breathing exercises that you can do anywhere.
Exercising regularly will also help to alleviate feelings of anger, sadness, and stress. Exercise is a great way to improve mood and can even reduce depression. Exercise is not just to get your body in shape, it does wonders for your mental state. You do not have to join a gym to exercise, walking or jogging within your neighborhood is a great start. Find a 10 minute routine you can do inside. A great routine of 25 jumping jacks, running in place for 2 minutes, 15 squats and 15 lounges can be a great start if it is raining or cold. This routine can even be done in the office or during a commercial while watching television.
If you feel like you are not being heard at work or in your personal life, check out this link, Marie gives great information about being taken seriously when communicating.
Jerusalim, Janice (2002). A guide to Yoga. Parragon Publishing, BAth BAI IHE, UK