Has anyone seen the viral video of that poor man who thought he had ended his conference call, then stood up, letting colleagues see him standing around in his boxers?
I must admit, the very thought haunts my nightmares.
Our country's work culture has promoted political correctness and professionalism, which can easily go out the window the moment your preschooler starts screaming at the top of his lungs in the background of a Zoom conference.
In the moment you feel extreme terror, which quickly dissolves into mortification, and lastly depression. It may be tempting to numb your despair with a box of cookies or bottle of wine. On the contrary, take five minutes to let the situation sink in before you do ANYTHING (including cry). Taking a step back from the fiasco will allow for perspective, which will stop you from self destructive behaviors (i.e. ruminating, calling all your friends for validation, eating a carton of Ben and Jerry's).
On a personal note, I have been working on "taking five," and it has seriously helped me from spiraling out of control. Letting emotions calm before taking action has been a hard lesson to learn, but it is starting to work wonders.
Remember that you are human and doing the best you can during a global crisis. Most people are NOT judging you. And if they are, it's only a matter of time until something similar happens to them.
Breathe and give yourself a break. We are all doing amazing. <3
Tips: Ways to "Take Five"
1. Go for a walk
3.Read a book
4. Listen to relaxing music
6. Go for a 5 minute jog
7. Do anything physical that will burn your anxious adrenaline.
Inspiration of the Day:
"It's not the load that breaks you down, it's the way you carry it."
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