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The Leader’s Guide to Employee Wellbeing
Tip #1: Focus on what you can control.
We’re overwhelmed, drained, and depleted. No one knows what the world is going to look like a month from now, or a year from now. How can we possibly take care of ourselves when so much is out of our control?
To build our physical and mental resilience, we need to make a key mindset shift and realize that even in these uncertain times, there are aspects of our lives that we can control. For example, we can make one better choice around what we eat, or choose to set boundaries with our devices to reduce stress and improve our connections with others.
Tip #2: Learn individual signs of stress.
Our brains are like a battery. We only have a certain amount of battery power every day. And the state of our battery is determined by a range of factors, from sleep, nutrition, and exercise, to how we manage our time and the decisions we make.
When your brain is fully charged, you are at your best; you are your most energetic, productive, and creative self. You’re resilient in the face of setbacks and challenges and fully present to experience wonder and joy.
But when your battery is drained, you’re more irritable and reactive, less patient with others and with yourself, more likely to make errors in judgment, and less able to connect with others in meaningful ways — from co-workers to friends and family. When it builds up and becomes unmanageable, negative stress can leave our battery chronically drained, which could lead to mental health challenges like depression or anxiety.
When we know more about our individual mental batteries — the sources of our stress, how we respond, and what actions help us recharge — we can take steps to recharge them and manage stress before it builds up.
Think of it as spotting signals in ourselves. We’re good at doing this for our physical health. When we notice symptoms like sniffling or a sore throat, we know we might have a cold coming on. And we know there are things we can do to get out in front of a cold in preventative ways.
But we’re not so good at checking in on the other aspects of our wellbeing. Try this Microstep to familiarize yourself with your own signs of overstress:
Tip #3: Give yourself and your team permission to recharge and reset throughout the day.
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