5 Ways to Boost Your Emotional Intelligence During Your Vacation

It’s that time where many of us at work looking forward to all year, taking out holidays. It is a time that we can get away from the stressors of the workplace and the rest of our lives to relax, regenerate, let loose and just have fun. The idea of doing anything that even remotely reminds us of our work might not seem very appealing. However, vacation time doesn’t have to be dead time when it comes to our self-improvement. The good news is that we can increase our skill set while relaxing, having fun and getting away from the stressors of life. We just do it in ways that fit seamlessly into our holiday mode. According to the World Economic Forum, emotional intelligence will be one of the top Job Skills by 2020. Boosting our emotional intelligence is something we can easily do in fun ways during our holidays.
Here are 5 ways we can do it.

Increasing self-awareness
During vacations we tend to slow down, unwind and let our minds wander away from the day to day life pressures. Or at least that’s what we are told holidays are for. Since self-awareness is the basis of emotional intelligence we can notice things about ourselves that we don’t do in our everyday lives. What kind of people irritate us, what kind of people are we drawn to? Who do these people remind us of? Being in a laid back, relaxed state is an excellent time to do some self-reflection.
Increasing empathy
Holidays are a great time to people watch. While doing this we could make a game out of noticing things about people with our friends and family and having discussions about them. Their facial expressions, posture, dress and manner of walking are all great ways to gather clues about what is going on with people. This could also be used when going to movies, restaurants and live performances. It’s also a great way to engage with those we are close to that we are on holidays with. Not only will this increase our empathy but may also add depth and meaning to our vacation experiences.
Increasing Assertiveness
Many people struggle with asking for what they want and therefore miss out on getting more from life. The worst that can happen is getting a no, in which case, we are no worse off than before we asked. However, we could get a yes. Vacation time is …read more
Source: Steven Aitchison