Let’s talk about your Emotionally Fit Room in relation to the Powerhouse Holiday Hacks. As a leader and as a team member, it is so important that you are tuned in to the emotions around you.
Remember, behavior has a purpose, and not just when you are a child. Sometimes even we “grown ups” aren’t in touch with how we feel however we show it through our behaviors. Ironically, if you feel lonely or isolated and don’t talk about it you may create this very experience subconsciously by judging others, gossiping, and many other behaviors.
Although this time of year can be joyous and exciting, it’s also very stressful for a lot of people from money issues, the death of a loved one, or being burnt out. We are in a mental health tsunami and the world is grieving.
At your next team meeting or next staff meeting, why not ask “Hey what’s up?, How are you really feeling?” and pay full attention to what people’s expressions and body language are saying.
I can tell you that I’m fine but if you look at my eyes, or notice that I start to fidget, you will know that my words and actions do not match up. If you are truly connecting with someone, their words and their actions will be in alignment. This season may be unsettling for some people emotionally. Let’s be mindful of that.
Tips to have meaningful connections with your team:
- ACKNOWLEDGE that with the excitement of the season can also come stress and can also come anxiety. You also need to acknowledge that this can be a time of grief as people remember loved ones or perhaps a pet that has been put down over the year. Sadness can definitely emerge.
- CREATE space in your work life, your relationships, your team meetings, that allow for people to feel what they need to feel.
- ASK your colleagues or your team “What would I choose if I loved myself in this moment?” Here they are trying to navigate and maybe it’s their first year as a divorcee, or they are empty-nesters or they have a loved one with addiction issues. Or maybe they won’t get to be with family this year for the holidays and their heart is so sad.
Dr. Wayne Dyer said it best, “When I change the way I look at things, the things I look at change.”
BE more kind to yourself.
BE more compassionate.
Be more forgiving.
Be more loving.
Remember, you are a Powerhouse.
Wishing you a powerful week.
Resilient Leadership Speaker, Author, Coach & Retreat Facilitator
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