Frustration is an intense emotion. When other emotions are on the rise at the same time, frustration can easily get out of hand. As the amount of stress you are under compounds, carefully watch what is happening with your frustration level. Frustration can take you to destructive places that do not serve you.
Managing your frustration, especially in times of elevated stress is a key element of emotional intelligence. Protect yourself, learn to quiet your frustration when you need to and you’ll avoid some bumpy rides.
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When weather or another obstacle changes a river, it naturally finds a new flow. It may have to carve new territory or forge through soil, rocks or higher elevations. We can follow the river’s lead in this time of change.
Do you feel you have a smooth flow to your life now? What has changed? Are you trying to push past obstacles unsuccessfully? Are things backing up, causing you frustration? Try creating a new flow. What do you need physically, mentally and emotionally to thrive in these times?
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There is a lot going on now that can derail your focus. For just that reason, distraction is more dangerous now. The world is unsettled, risks are higher, much is unfamiliar and people are on edge. If you allow yourself to drift away from the present moment all these factors can make it an unpleasant experience – much more so than under less chaotic conditions.
The antidote is focus, structure and self-nurturing when you need it. You can make the most of this time by understanding what is going on and keeping yourself in the center of the road.
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A client wrote me yesterday saying things are wacky now. I thought about that and looked up the definition of wacky: absurdly or amusingly eccentric or irrational, strange or unusual. Do you think this definition fits these times? If you do, how do you handle it?
Change eventually necessitates a response. You can’t pretend for very long that change has not occurred. But how do you respond to wacky?! Perhaps the best strategy is to stay grounded, observe, protect yourself and find a way, to your advantage, that gets you through it.
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A sure way to boost your spirits and sense of worth is to be of service to others. You can do so in small acts, big ones, in short time or over time. There are so many opportunities now to help others and aren’t you in need of some positive feelings?
What appeals to you regarding being of service to others, our country or the world? Go ahead, identify what you can do and get in action. My guess is that you won’t regret doing so!
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Do you find yourself drowning in monotony these days? Same people, same environment, not much excitement? Pre-COVID, you may have said it’s time to spice things up and try something new. Your options have changed. There are limitations now that did not exist before. So, what do you do?
One approach is to create something new. You can do this, even in the confines of your present situation. Rather than look to the conditions of the past, look to now. What can you do that is different? Who can you help? What can you write? The possibilities are endless
So, if you are in a “same old” energy, get cracking. ☺ Bring something new into your world!
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I do not need to remind you that there is a lot going on in your life and work these days. Life can go up and down many times in the course of just one day. New challenges abound and the unknown is ever-present. How do you survive it? One way is to stay grounded in the present moment. Part of doing this is to keep in mind all that is impacting you now. Not every detail, but enough to give yourself a break when you need to. These are stressful times. Be kind to yourself, adjust your expectations and be real.
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Respite: a short period of rest or relief from something difficult or unpleasant
Upheavals in our lives and work need to be recognized and balanced. Are you feeling balanced these days? One way to balance the effects of the changes and chaos the world is going through now is to schedule periodic and regular respites. The number of respites you need usually correlates to the amount of stress you are experiencing.
Create room in your life for respites. They will help you center and are enjoyable as well!
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Are you conscious of the timing for the things you do at work? This can take many forms: when to bring a subject up, when to begin a project, when to introduce a new idea, when to end something or when to take a break. Your sense of timing can be critical to success. Timing involves emotional intelligence, awareness and intuitive abilities.
Assess your own sense of timing. How good has it been in the past? How did timing affect your outcomes? A sense of timing must be cultivated. Observe and correct and you’ll find yourself timing things just right.
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A recent New York Times article, Out Of Office : A Survey Of Our New Work Lives takes an interesting look at now-abandoned offices and how we are doing working from home. Importantly, essential workers and others are still “in the office”. Gratitude for them and all they are doing.
Are you in or out of the office? For those out of the office, there have been changes and adjustments. Some like the freedom and others miss the camaraderie of their former offices. One element of all this is that changes are ahead. We have begun an adjustment period, even though the future remains pretty much unknown.
Use this time well. Observe and be alert. Find clues of what’s to come. Set your preferences for what you want your future workplace to be.
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