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Emotionally healthy folks can let it go, empathize with others, and most importantly, sleep well at night. Just like physically healthy folks do physical practices, like walking daily, stretching, biking, there are also emotional practices. Here are the ones I’ve been exploring.

I picked up, and also execute, these habits semi-randomly today. However, as I do with physical health, I’ll try to build up a more deliberate system. If you’re interseted in building up your emotional intelligence, my “bible” for emotional health practices is currently SIY

Daily Stream of Conciousness Journalling

Why? I’m a ruminator. Both positive and negative thoughts get stuck in a loop in my head, creating cognitive load, and distracting me from the present. By taking a few minutes to “drain” the ideas in my head, many of the ideas will go away, or at least be much less interrupting

How? Every day I take 10 minutes to write about 750 words as quickly as I can on the ideas sloshing around in my head. I do it on 750words which is optimized for this practice.

How’s that working out for you? Really well, this is my most consistent practice. Since September 2011, I’ve written over a million words on more then 1300 days.

Daily Gratefulness Journal

Why? It’s easy to focus on what we don’t have and what goes wrong, and forget all the things that go right, and that we shoudl be thankful for. By taking a few minutes each day to remember what went well and what I’m grateful for, I’m remindeded why my life is awesome.

How? I use a physical journal called FiveMinuteJournal, it has you list the 3 things your’e grateful for in the morning, and 3 things that went well in the evening.

How’s that working out for you? Really well. Because I can fill this out in less then 2 minutes, I tend to do it daily. It’s hard to be objective, but since I’ve started this practice, I have been much more likely to think about how lucky I am.

5 am wake up (psst - it’s really physical health)

Why? 1) Every day starts and ends with a deliberate act 2) The quiet of the morning gives time to reflect and think before we’re lost in the hustle of the day and the demands of life.

How? Set the alarm at 5, and wake up when the alarm goes off. If you haven’t had enough sleep, that’s fine it’ll be taken care of the next night when you’re exhausted and fall asleep early.

How’s that working out for you? Amazing, I’ve been doing this for years now and love it. One of the hardest parts about this is thinking wouldn’t it be great if I just stayed up tonight to finish this, and remapping that thought to, if it’s important I can wake up early to get it done.

Formal 8-12 minute meditation

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Informal gap meditation

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Daily Reflective Journal

Why? Self awareness is the basis of emotional health, and knowing our inner self requires answering a lot of how does that make you feel? and why is thats? Journalling is a tool by which you can pose those questions and explore the answers anytime you have time.

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Inconsistent/Future practices

  • Process it once list
  • Why is someone behaving inconsistently
  • Poll the people in my head

Discontinued Practices

  • GratTweeting (very similuar to daily gratefulness journal.)

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