Leading Teams in a COVID-19 World - Pay attention to your own energy and emotions

You are likely to be as affected by the pandemic and work changes as your employees—possibly more so, as you strive to manage your emotions and lead with a positive approach. You need energy and stamina to do that well, so it’s important to pay attention to your own needs:

  • Attend to your health. Exercise regularly. Eat a healthy diet. Get the sleep you need.
  • Pay attention to your emotions. Recognize the physical signs of stress before they reveal themselves in unhelpful behavior or emotional reactions, such as anger or withdrawal.
  • Take breaks to recharge—short breaks during the workday to pause and relax and breaks before and after work to calm yourself. Listen to soothing music. Meditate or use calming breathing techniques. Take a walk if you can, or exercise to regain focus.
  • Maintain social connections. Social distancing doesn’t mean social isolation. Connect with friends by phone or video if you can’t be together in person.
  • Reach out for support after a difficult decision, conversation, or situation. Talk with a trusted coworker or friend, your manager, an HR representative, or the EAP.