Friday, October 22, 2021 (Day 294)
Relaxing Music for the week: Meditation: Liquid Mind (10:05) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9s9VnIeB9oE
Question: How do you take care of your emotional health when you’re angry, upset, or hurt?
Answer: Typically, when I’m upset, angry, or hurt, I do some type of physical activity, usually walking. When the weather is nice, sometimes I’ll play golf. I may also go to a quiet place and do some deep breathing. Luckily, I don’t let feelings of anger, upset, or hurt stay inside too long. I also wonder if writing this online journal has helped, since, despite all of the craziness in my life, it’s not as overwhelming as things have been in the past, when I’ve ruminated about stuff for days. I’ve also been doing more reading and writing, which I’m sure has helped as well. I believe the key to emotional health in this specific area is acknowledging the feelings, allowing yourself to express them, but then not allowing them to ruminate and control your life. I’m not saying to let them go, but more along the lines of moving forward/moving on. I also think putting my focus on the things that matter most to me (LDC work, connection, health) makes it easier to let the negative feelings and emotions dissipate. It’s funny, I was listening/reading a Brian Johnson review of the book, “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall; he shared a quote that’s going to be a part of my “Rules for Living.” The quote is – “Be Fit to Be Useful.” How about that for a quote? And the “Be Fit” includes physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Yeah!!! So, it’s a great reminder for me to think about how I need to take care of all aspects of my health – Be fit to be useful.
Speaking of emotional health, here’s an article that talks about employee health and well-being, providing seven strategies to increase it in the workplace. How many of the strategies are being employed at your place of work? If none or very few of the strategies are in place, this might be a great determinant on how long you decide to stay. Here’s the article:
- 7 Strategies to Improve Your Employees’ Health and Well-Being – https://hbr.org/2021/10/7-strategies-to-improve-your-employees-health-and-well-being
I know that most of the strategies ARE NOT happening at my place of work, which is why we have so many people leaving the institution. I am trying to do my part in the effort, but if there’s no support or encouragement, then there comes a time when you give up and move on. And that’s where I’m at right now.