Our emotional intelligence plays a huge role in our relationships. Thus, in this Expert Insight Interview, Monica Parikh discusses how to increase our level of consciousness. Monica Parikh is a founder of the School of Love NYC, a lawyer, writer, coach, and motivational speaker.
This Expert Insight Interview discusses:
- The mental health stigma
- The importance of personal relationships
- The power of transformation
The Mental Health Stigma
Consciousness in this case is taking control of our mental and emotional health. We need to learn how not to let external factors influence our happiness. Many people still do not give mental health as much attention as they should. Nobody is embarrassed to go to the gym 5 days a week to take care of his body health, so why would someone be embarrassed to go to the psychotherapy to take care of his emotional health as well? The lockdowns caused by the global pandemic created not only financial but big mental distress for many. For instance, some people feel emotional distress from being locked with their families 24/7 while people who experience lockdowns alone deal with feeling isolated.
Society faces a challenge of one big collective uncertainty. Things that can help us to nourish our mental health are creating morning rituals like exercise or mediation, consuming healthy foods, and controlling social media influence on us. Social media connectivity caused disparity and loneliness for many people. Personal relationships suffer because people did not make them on solid foundations of communication, understanding, financial and emotional equity, and boundaries. Having a successful personal relationship is the main factor that causes human happiness, and for some reason, we invest the least amount of time, money, and effort into it. Personal development is a different kind of education, but the mental and emotional returns you achieve from it are way more worth than any school degree.
People usually need to reach some pinpoint to decide to make a personal transformation. Feeling pain causes us to decide to take a closer look at the problem and to make a change. When facing a problem, it is important to calm ourselves down and to believe that with change comes even more love, intimacy, and everything else that we want. We just need to look at it as an opportunity to evolve. Furthermore, many times people change the relationship partners but keep the same patterns that cause the same problems. Or, people use the same patterns that they learned from their parents. We need to become aware of those dysfunctional patterns and to break them. That is why it is crucial to expand the public awareness of mental health and to resolve the stigma about it.
John is the Amazon bestselling author of Winning the Battle for Sales: Lessons on Closing Every Deal from the World’s Greatest Military Victories and Social Upheaval: How to Win at Social Selling. A globally acknowledged Sales & Marketing thought leader, speaker, and strategist. He is CSMO at Pipeliner CRM. In his spare time, John is an avid Martial Artist.