The EQ Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneurs are subject to different stresses especially at their start-up phase. You can control your emotions and leverage your personal development skills to create a collaborative positive climate.

Are negative emotions good to business?

There are no negative emotions. Emotions are of ultimate importance in making or breaking your business. If emotions are managed correctly they can manifest beautifully in your business financial statement.  They are your indicators to better understand your state of being, you turn your emotions negative when you escape them.

What about Anger?

Anger as a primary emotion is caused when there is a certain unfairness happening that needs to be fixed. But anger can also be a secondary emotion caused as a consequence to other emotions such as sadness, loneliness, fear, guilt, inadequacy …

If I’m angry how can I fix things?

Anger is like any other emotion, you feel it in order to make sense of what is going on. When you feel the emotion and do nothing about it, you would be repressing that emotion which would be harmful for you on different levels. However, when you understand the source of the emotion keep in mind that you are not your emotion and identify the trigger for you to assess the situation. A couple of questions you should ask yourself: Is this emotion justified? How can I fix the reason behind this emotion? Is there a strategy I can design that would lead to bettering myself in the future.

How can I understand the emotions?

Think of your state of being as a car’s dashboard. When an emotion lights up in your car you need to understand its sign. If you don’t you cannot fix it. The car comes with a catalogue that provides an explanation of the signs if the catalogue is not there you can go to a mechanic who knows what is going on in order to fix the issue. In the case of your wellbeing, when an emotion lights up and you have been very far from your emotions without any understanding of what is going on you shall visit a therapist who can lead you to understand the malfunction. But you can always train yourself to become more understanding of your state of being by separating yourself from the emotion. And there are simple ways of doing so:

First step would be understanding the emotion then naming it:

Is it anger? Is it mixed with another emotion? What level is it on? Is it controllable?

The following step would be understanding the reason this emotion is surfacing, then try and observe patterns, recall every time you felt this emotion:

Is the underlying reason somehow similar? Do you feel attacked on a personal level every time you are feeling this emotion? Now search within yourself, what can you do to turn this emotion into a positive one? A positive emotion is one you can learn from and build on.

Why should I do this?   

What we are discussing here really is developing your emotional intelligence skills. EQ is the foundation of your critical skills as it impacts your behavior and emotions at all times. Having a high EQ has a huge impact on your professional success as well as your personal success.

As John Mayer–a professor of psychology at the University of New Hampshire. He and Yale psychology professor Peter Salovey are credited with first defining the concept of emotional intelligence in the early 1990s– defines Emotional Intelligence:

“From a scientific (rather than a popular) standpoint, emotional intelligence is the ability to accurately perceive your own and others’ emotions; to understand the signals that emotions send about relationships; and to manage your own and others’ emotions. It doesn’t necessarily include the qualities (like optimism, initiative, and self-confidence) that some popular definitions ascribe to it.”

How do I create the habit of becoming more emotionally intelligent?

Once you start practising emotional intelligence skills, neurological changes start happening in brain. The term used by neurologists for the brain’s ability to change is plasticity and it is produced by neurons lining the road between the rational and emotional brain hemispheres in the case of emotional intelligence development. Every cell can grow 15,000 connections. This growth is equivalent to a promising change of behavior.

As you repeatedly practice new emotional intelligence behavior, your brain will take care of building the pathways to turn behaviors into habits. It takes 21 days to turn a certain behavior into a habit, which is the time needed for the connection of neurons to become a constant pathway leading old connections that support old destructive behaviors to start disconnecting as you limit your use of them.

How would that help me on a professional level?

In a Harvard Business Review article from 2001, Professor Richard Boyatzis and Annie Mckee, explored how contagious emotions are at work linking the leader’s emotional states and their companies financial success. The article states that: “A cranky and ruthless boss creates a toxic organization filled with negative underachievers who ignore opportunities; an inspirational, inclusive leader spawns acolytes for whom any challenge is surmountable. The final link in the chain is performance: profit or loss.”

It is always about the climate you create in your organization. Positive, developmental climates will always end up flourishing in your P&L sheet. The times of motivation through fear are over, now it is the time of financial growth through your personal growth and that of your employees and partners.


12 reasons drinking water in copper vessel is beneficial

Here’s why you should stop drinking bottled water and switch to water stored in a copper vessel.

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Pavitra Sampath| Last Updated: August 25, 2015


‘Drink water from a copper vessel to reap numerous health benefits.’ If you think hard, each one of us, one time or the other, have been advised to practice this.Elders in the family emphasise on many home remedies, one of them being drinking water in copper vessel. It is considered very beneficial for our health. But what good does it really do?

Before we go into the details, you can find the copper cup available at CIA Achrafieh. And here’s what Ayurveda has to say.

According to Ayurveda, water stored in a copper vessel has the ability to balance all the three doshas in your body, (vata, kapha and pitta) and it does so by positively charging the water. The water stored in a copper vessel is known as ‘tamara jal’ and is supposed to be consumed after storing the water in a copper vessel for at least eight hours. Here are 20 tips to store drinking water the right way.

When water is stored in a copper vessel, the copper gently leaches into the water and lends it all its positive properties. The best part about this water is that it never becomes stale and can be stored this way for long periods of time. Here are 12 reasons why drinking water from a copper vessel is beneficial for you.

#1 Helps the digestive system perform better

Acidity, gas or simply the inability to digest certain foods is common and here is where copper comes to your rescue. Copper has properties that stimulate peristalsis (the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the stomach that helps food get digested and move along the digestive tract), kill harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation within the stomach, making it a great remedy for ulcersindigestion and infections.

Copper also helps cleanse and detox your stomach, regulate the working of your liver and kidneys, and proper elimination of waste and ensures the absorption of nutrients from food. According to Ayurveda, if you want to detox your stomach, drink a large glass of water that has been stored in a copper vessel, early in the morning on an empty stomach. Here is how you candetox yourself with this expert-recommended diet plan.

#2 Aids in weight loss

Even after gorging fibre-richfruits that guarantee weight lossyou don’t see results, try drinking water stored in a copper vessel regularly. Apart from fine tuning your digestive system to perform better, copper also helps your body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently, thereby, helping your body keep only what it will use and throw out the rest.

#3 Helps heal wounds faster

Known for its immense anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties, copper is a great tool for healing wounds quickly. Apart from that, copper is also known to strengthen your immune system and aid in the production of new cells. But its healing properties don’t cease with helping the body externally; copper is also known to help wounds within the body, especially the stomach.

#4 Slows down ageing

If you are worried about the appearance of fine lines on your face, copper is your natural remedy. Packed with very strong anti-oxidant and cell forming properties, copper fights off free radicals, one of the main reasons for the formation of fine lines. Copper also helps in the production of new and healthy skin cells that replace old dying ones. Both these properties make copper a sure-fire way to beat fine lines. You can look 10 years younger with these 5 home remedies!

#5 Helps maintain cardiovascular health and beats hypertension

Heart disease is one of the most common ailments and copper helps minimize your risk of developing the disease. According to the American Cancer Society, copper has been found to help regulate blood pressure, heart rate and lowers one’s cholesterol and triglyceride levels. It also helps prevent the accumulation of plaque and has the documented effect of dilating blood vessels to allow better flow of blood to the heart. It also helps lower one’s triglyceride levels.So, if heart disease is your bane, here are five natural foods to prevent heart disease. You could also try drinking copper infused water for great results.

#6 Can fight cancer

Another disease that is quickly becoming extremely common,cancer, can be debilitating for both the patient and their family. How does copper help? Well, copper has very strong antioxidant properties that helps fight off free radicals and negate their ill effects – one of the main reasons for the development of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, the exact mechanism of how copper helps prevent the onset of cancer is still not known but some studies have shown that copper complexes have a considerable anti-cancer effect. Did you know about these 28 everyday things could give you cancer?

#7 Can kill bacteria

Copper is known to be oligodynamic in nature (the sterilizing effect of metals on bacteria), and can destroy bacteria very effectively. It is especially effective against E.coli and S.aureus, two bacteria that are commonly found in our environment and known to cause severe illnesses in the human body. Known to help prevent common water-borne diseases like diarrhoea, dysentery andjaundice, copper has been touted as the cheapest solution to cleaning water in countries that do not have a good sanitation system. So, if you fear that your water may be contaminated, store it in a copper vessel before your drink it and be rest assured, you will be drinking healthy and clean water. Read about four ways your food could be contaminated before they reach your plate.

#8 Stimulates your brain

Our brain works by transmitting impulses (or orders) from one neuron to another through an area known as the synapses. These neurons are covered by a sheath called the myelin sheath that acts like a sort of conductive agent – helping the flow of impulses. How does copper figure here, you ask? Well, copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of these myelin sheaths. Thereby, making your brain work much faster and more efficiently. Apart from that, copper is known to have brain stimulant and anti-convulsive properties (prevents seizures), that do a world of good for your brain. Here are 10 interesting and simple ways to keep your brain fit and healthy.

#9 Regulates the working of the thyroid gland

Experts say that one commonality amongst people with thyroid diseases is that they usually have low levels of copper in their body. While this is most commonly seen in people with hyperthyroidism (excessive thyroid hormone), those with hypothyroidism(low levels of thyroid hormone) may also suffer from this deficiency. Copper is one of the most important trace minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally. A lack in copper can send the functioning of the gland out of sync. So when you drink water from a copper vessel. it makes up for this possible deficiency and regulates the functioning of the thyroid gland.

#10 Beats arthritis and inflamed joints

Copper has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. This asset is especially great to relieve aches and pains caused due to inflamed joints – like in the case of arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Apart from that, copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, making it the perfect remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. This is where drinking water infused with copper is a great option for relief from aches and pains of these diseases. Read about six natural remedies for arthritis you should try!

#11 Skin health and melanin production

Copper is the main component in the production of melanin (a pigment that mitigates the colour of your eyes, hair and skin) in our bodies. Apart from that copper also aids in the production of new cells that help replenish the top most layers of your skin. While melanin helps the body stay safe from sun damage, speeds up wound healing and covers up scars, the production of new cells is a boon for smooth, blemish-free and clear skin. Ayurveda experts say that drinking this water on a regular basis, especially early in the morning, can make a huge difference to your skin. Read in detail about these 9 foods that can give you glowing skin.

#12 Beats anaemia

The most amazing fact about copper is that it is required in most processes that occur in our body. Right from cell formation to aiding in the absorption of iron, copper is an essential mineral for the functioning of your body. This is one of the reasons that it also helps in keeping anaemia at bay. An essential component in the entire process of absorbing and using iron present in the body, copper helps keep the levels of haeme (iron) up and regulates its flow in your blood vessels.

How to wash

Do not use a coarse scrub to wash the inside of the vessel as it will tend to scrape away copper from the vessel. Instead, use one half of a lemon (you can squeeze out the juice) and rub it on the inside of the vessel. Allow it to stand for a few minutes and then wash off with plain water. Alternatively you could also try using baking soda with water. Use this mixture to coat the inside of the vessel and allow it to stand for a few minutes and rinse away the excess baking soda.

Word of caution

Copper is not innately utilized by our body. That is why too much of the metal can be detrimental. According to the FDA, about 12 mg/day is more than sufficient for the body to use without causing any harm. So, do not overdo the entire exercise. Drinking water twice or thrice in a day from a copper vessel is more than enough to reap its benefits.

You can find the copper cup available at CIA Achrafieh.

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