Supporting Stressed out friends
I don't know about you, but these weeks coming to the end of the year, are getting very busy. With this in mind, I thought it would be prudent to bring up one of my favorite topics.
We should all be mindful of the stresses the holidays bring to families. Whether it'll be financial, family matters like presents for the kids or the thought of having to spend an elongated amount of time with the in-laws (I'm sorry), these are all things people who are normally relaxed, are beginning to think about. How do you as their boss, friend, or regular acquaintance navigate this?
Before I give you a thought on how to support this situation, I would like to share this quote, which I often say to clients.
“Instead of worrying about what you cannot control, shift your energy to what you can create.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Creating a positive from a challenge is always a consideration and a good way of turning stress into a controllable setting.
So, to help you with this, practice mindfulness. “Mindfulness is an awareness that arises through paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgmentally.” It helps you accomplish more things at work and enjoy more of your personal life.
Here is a good mindfulness exercise for you to practice this week.
Listen when people speak. Really listen
How much of what others say do you think really gets through? How often do you find yourself consumed with thoughts or seeking distraction while someone else is speaking? Listening is a great anchor to mindfulness. Whenever you're in a conversation, aim to pay closer attention, make eye contact, and ask questions to fully take in what the speaker is saying. You’ll gain more insights and form a deeper bond.
In coaching, this practice is a cornerstone to our client’s successes, and I believe it can make you much more supportive.
Here is your tip of the week
“Respond; don’t react. Listen; don’t talk. Think; don’t assume.”
Give it a go and let me know if it has an impact on your week. Remember; “Life is a dance. Mindfulness is witnessing that dance.” Amit Ray
Be ready to spot and support a stressed colleague, it'll help you have a great week
Take care of each other.
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Richie Forde, Performance Coach and the Founder of Edge Coaching Services.