This week, I’m going to get a little “real” with you. It’s been a tough couple of weeks for a lot of people in our country, and I think it’s a good time to talk about how we cope and overcome hardships together as a community.
Last Monday, we awoke to hearing about the biggest mass shooting in modern US history. More than a week later, and the nation is still waiting to try to make sense of this senseless act. Meanwhile, the Earth is crushing us with repeatedly devastating hurricanes, of which the United Nations calls “the new normal.” Three weeks after the hurricane in Puerto Rico, only 16% of residents have power.
Our nation (and many others) have come to a place of living in constant fear. Last weekend, I went to a parade and couldn’t help but wonder if we could be the next victims of an attack. As women, we have also been the victims of many terrible events – as a community and as individuals. When these kinds of traumas occur to groups of people, we can develop a sense of identity around being a victim and begin making decisions based on fear. In order to release this fear and live a productive life at home and work, I have been thinking about a few reminders for our community to support and protect our leadership and our teams.
First, take time to de-stress and unwind. Constant negative news or personal hardships can take a serious toll on our minds and bodies. Check out this article by our wellness contributor on how to stay healthy on-the-go. She recommends using essential oils like lavender and peppermint to destress and boost energy levels throughout the day. Small and simple steps like this can go a long way toward building up your strength. Share these kinds of tips with your teams to discourage fear-based thinking from entering your culture.
Secondly, be intentional about your team and/or family’s “mental game,” as Jennifer Du Pleissis calls it in her recent article, “All Geared Up.” She explains that equally important to your business plan is “understanding the effects mental stress has in our industry.” Some of the greatest leaders I’ve met incorporate encouragement and positivity into every aspect of their team culture. Casey Cunningham, for example, has won 9 culture awards and speaks in an interview about how important it is that her employees feel valued and fulfilled every day at work.
The best advice I may have ever received is from my mother, who said, “Life is a mind game, and you better play it well.” As a community of women, let’s set our minds up for a win and encourage positivity and strength –rather than fear– in our workplaces and homes.
Have an empowered week,
“In the end, enjoying life’s experiences is the only rational thing to do. You’re sitting on a planet spinning around in the middle of absolutely nowhere. Go ahead, take a look at reality. You’re floating in empty space in a universe that goes on forever. If you have to be here, at least be happy and enjoy the experience. You’re going to die anyway. Things are going to happen anyway. Why shouldn’t you be happy? You gain nothing by being bothered by life’s events. It doesn’t change the world; you just suffer. There’s always going to be something that can bother you, if you let it.”
― Michael A. Singer, The Untethered Soul: The Journey Beyond Yourself
Want to donate to support Puerto Rico residents?
- Donate an essential supplies kit for $28 through UNICEF. Donate here.
- Provide relief to families and children through Save the Children. Donate here.