Managing your emotions can be easier said than done. Having to perform well at work during trying times can be a massive challenge.
Do yourself a big
favour by asking yourself what you need to manage your emotions, and be clear on what is really
important. If you're not functioning well, it could be you need time off work to rest, heal or grieve. What good are you at the office anyway? And are you dragging those around you down?
When you return to work, it's important to think about how to keep tabs on your emotions. Here are some helpful hints:
- Don't overload yourself. Identify what's most important, meet with your boss to clarify the highest priorities, and focus on these.
- Focus on one task at a time. Allocate a minimum time to it and then take a short break.
- Don't beat yourself up if you feel you're not performing at your peak all the time. Remember that you're human.
- Use a 'voice' and tone that will ensure you sound professional and considered, even if you don't feel it.
- Apply compassionate poultices regularly, just as you would apply bandages to physical wounds. This may include organising counselling sessions.
- Take time off between tasks to go for a short walk and breathe in the fresh air. Or make a quick phone call to a friend or have a cup of tea.
You might think you can carry on at work even though you're not managing your emotions well. But ask what impact you're having at the office. Are you producing quality work? Are you making your colleagues uncomfortable? Are you casting doubt on your ability to perform and be the best you can be?
Is it worth carrying on or would taking a break be the best medicine for everyone?