It is a stressful time for many at CNM, and we know the days feel long. Please know that we support you and your teams as you continue to balance the needs of your family. Staying positive and connected goes a long way, and gives us the ability to be patient and focused on the important outcomes CNM delivers to our students.
Here are a few tips you can share with your employees:
Take the time to understand how anxiety works – sometimes just being able to name what you’re feeling can be a big stress reliever and help you stay positive as you help the kids with “Zoom School” and maintain family life.
Slow down the information, and your brain – when we get a lot of information, we can become overloaded, angry, and sad, and sometimes our feelings in one area transfer to another, which means it can be hard to switch between a work call and checking in with family without getting frustrated.
Set aside dedicated time to explore thoughts and feelings – sometimes in the moment we are trying to complete a task AND think/feel our way through it, and it can be a lot to process. Practice setting time aside for yourself and your kids, even if it’s just 10-15 minutes, to explore thoughts and feelings without a specific outcome. If you’re frustrated during the day, make a note and come back to it during that dedicated time to explore it in a non-judgmental moment.
For more tips, check out the Harvard Medical School webinar series: Regulating emotions & building resiliency in the face of a pandemic.
Remember, balance is a set of habits and not an outcome. Even the little things can begin to work together to help you feel better, to get momentum, and to support your employees and their families during a stressful time.