Why are emotions an obstacle to learning

Do our emotions affect how we learn?

Emotions influence how we see the world, how we think and act - every decision we make is also influenced by whether we are happy, sad, excited or angry.

That is why our emotional health is a prerequisite for making good decisions, for having happy relationships and for shaping our lives the way we want them to be. If we lack emotional balance, all of this is much more difficult. Emotions can also help us to be successful because they influence our thinking and the ability of our brain to learn.

How can our emotions support us in learning?

Different emotions cause the brain to work in different ways.[1]

You might think that negative emotions are an obstacle to learning, but that's not the case - sometimes they can even help us focus on tasks. A little fear can be motivating, e.g. B. when an appointment is approaching. It becomes problematic when the negative emotions overwhelm us, we feel stressed and cannot cope with challenges.[2]

Positive emotions can work both for and against us when we are learning something new.[3] When we feel good, we are more alert, our awareness is heightened, we are motivated and able to find creative solutions to problems.

When we are emotionally balanced, we are more open-minded, more curious and like to be inspired, we are more capable of learning and more productive.

Our memory is particularly influenced by our emotions. Studies show that we can remember things better if we have also experienced an emotion at the time. Often times, for example, people can remember where they were when they heard about major global events.[4] We can also remember things more easily if we relive the emotion that we felt when we first took in the information.

Increase your learning ability through emotional intelligence

All of this means that if we can regulate our emotions, we can use them to our advantage and improve our ability to learn.

The ability to understand and manage our emotions is known as emotional intelligence. When we are aware of our feelings and learn to deal with them effectively, we can also better cope with setbacks and challenges.
If we are ready to grow personally, if we are not afraid of failure and if we have a positive outlook on life, we can strengthen our emotional intelligence and improve our learning and performance.

If you assume in advance that you will fail your driving test, you will likely feel a little anxious on the day of the test. Doing so could result in you giving incorrect answers on the exam. However, if you believe in yourself and are optimistic, you will experience positive emotions that will allow you to be your best. And even if you fail, you will be able to overcome the disappointment and learn from the experience.

How to improve your learning skills with emotional balance

Emotional balance does not mean that you will never feel anxious, angry, or frustrated again. Rather, you will be able to deal effectively with these feelings. You will also find that you experience more positive emotions, which in turn will help you learn and achieve goals.

So what specifically can you do to promote your emotional balance and improve your ability to learn?

Mindfulness exercises are essential for regulating emotions. Daily journaling can also help you organize your thoughts and become aware of your priorities.

Be careful with your time and energy so as not to feel overwhelmed.

Take some time each day to be physically active. Physical health supports our emotional health and helps us be more alert and focused. Our emotional well-being is also supported by a solid social network - a good reason to meet up with friends again.

You can find more ideas for stabilizing your emotional well-being in our top 10 tips.

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