Performance Psychology Blog: Are you aware of your emotional tank
Recently I discovered the importance of your emotional tank, reviewing what nourishes it and continually monitoring it.
I’m completing last leg of my MSc Sports Psychology and building out my mental performance consultancy, recently taking on 3 new clients, all unique with specific requirements. To add to this I recently got married and navigating the joy of married life and integrating the wider family, is no small feat, I can wholeheartedly vouch for that, it ain’t acting man, it’s real life. On top of all this keeping my day job in financial service sector as a consultant. Actually as I write this I realise how ridiculous my schedule sounds, and if I was advising myself I would sit myself down and slap myself.
What I’ve just explained is several huge drains coming out of my well, I’m well past the critical level. What I realised as well is the nourishment going in at top also needs to be monitored to determine if they still feed your soul. As you grow and develop your soul will crave new nourishment. In my case going out partying and dancing my ass off with friends, was my favourite pastime. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy it, but since finding my soulmate and getting married I have found new ways of nourishing my soul, well both our souls. So I found sometimes the partying wasn’t always what my soul needed and I’ve discovered new inflows to my tank, to help keep it topped up allowing me to take on new challenges. I have also learned to monitor the outflows and try and learn from the saying “don’t bite off more than you can chew” You don’t need a rocket scientist to tell you disaster is imminent if you have more flowing out than flowing in.
I’m going to stop here and I would love to hear from readers on their experiences with their emotional tank and how they monitor it and top it up. Look forward to hearing from you.