Keeping your cool in the office! (survival tips on handling difficult situations).
Summer is here and it is extremely hot outside (especially in Arizona)☀️. Patience is out the door this time of year. At 6:00 in the morning you are getting into your vehicle to go to work and you burn your hands on the steering wheel because you forgot to put up your sun shade screen on your dash-board. Ouch! 🔥 Not a good way to start your day. You are probably thinking 6:00 am in the morning and needing a sun shade? In Arizona the summer temperatures may hit a high of 117 degrees and morning temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s.
Okay, let’s get back to keeping your cool in the office.
How do you keep your cool in the office when you are feeling stressed and tempers are flaring?
This is one that I definitely struggle with myself as a leader, especially when you are dealing with a variety of personalities, some very bad attitudes and poor work performance behaviors. To be honest there are times when I have failed miserably at keeping my cool.
Here are some tips and strategies to put into action when those tempers are starting to flare.
Take a deep breath and walk away for a few minutes.
Take a couple of minutes to pray and/or journal about your frustration.
Go get something to drink; like a large glass of cold ice water. Sip slowly.
Practice deep relaxation breathing to clear your mind and to calm those feelings of anger and/or dis-satisfaction about the situation.
Think about a person you admire and how they would handle the situation.
Remind yourself to focus on solutions.
Don’t respond in writing until you have calmed down, edited and revise the email or correspondence to be in a professional non-adversarial tone. Wait until the next day when you have time to sleep on it and reflect about the incident as well as coming up with some agreeable solutions.
The next time you feel your temperature rising and wanting to react unfavorably put these tips and strategies into action. Sometimes just walking away can make a tremendous difference to your work environment and relationships. You know the old saying, “You may not be able to control someone’s negative behavior but you can control how long you participate in it”. ~ Unknown
3 things to do to create balance in your life this week:
Balance Strategy #1 ~ Spend an hour pampering you!
Get your hair trimmed
Get your finger and toe nails painted
Get a massage
Reflection Question: Why is it important to take care of you?
Balance Strategy #2 ~ Take an hour to strengthen a relationship or friendship!
Call a friend and catch up on life events
Meet up with a friend or spouse for coffee or a drink
Meet up with a friend or spouse for lunch
Send a text to a family member saying “I love you”
Reflection Question: Who is important to you?
Balance Strategy #3 ~ Take time to have some fun!
Schedule at least 30 minutes this week to do something you really enjoy and do it.
Arts and Crafts
Watch a movie and funny T.V. show
Reading a book or magazine
Reflection Question: What is fun time to you?
By taking a few precious hours within your week and incorporating these strategies it calms your nerves, connects you with the important people in your life and puts some joy and new perceptive in your weekly life. Let me know what you incorporated in your life this week and how did you feel doing it? ~ Patti
Last year I participated in a 30 day blogging challenge through a Facebook group. The blogging challenge is designed to help you become a better, stronger blogger, increase your visibility, and build massive momentum. By being in the group you get daily emails tips and they’re free at – http://www.sarkemedia.com/30dayblog. If you are a business leader and want more visibility for your business, I encourage you to start blogging. This program is a great way to enhance your writing skills and blogging techniques.
After I graduated from the 30 day blogging challenge I continued posting my weekly blog post in another Facebook group for the 30 day blogging challenge graduates. In this group the participates continue to encourage and inspire each other as well as increase their blogging skills. Sarah and Kevin Arrow give tips about blogging from their expertise and their own blogging success stories.
A couple of months ago Kevin Arrow from Sark eMedia conducted blab session interviews with a few of the graduates from the program. I was one of the graduates he interviewed so he and I sat down and talked about my experience with the 30 day blogging challenge what I learned and how it has made a difference in my coaching business. Below is the blab session interview. Click on the link. below.