Oct 1, 2019 | Leadership
Hi all. What a wonderful summer – one that began with our amazing Accreditation and continued with long, fun-filled days with my grandchildren and my mama on the back deck reminiscing about family and friends from our shared past and more. I am blessed and extremely grateful for that.
I think it’s important to acknowledge that the past few months weren’t like that for everyone. Over the summer, members of my personal family went through serious illness while members of our HDGH family experienced significant loss, pain and illness. Add to that the external and rather chaotic world we’re presently living in, with the news constantly filled with climate change, political instability, death and disease. I want to spend a bit of time talking about how I personally manage these tough times and start a dialogue about what we need to look at within HDGH in helping you all do the same.
Like many, I work a lot of hours, sometimes I don’t have dinner with my family and there are weeks when I feel as though there is barely time to breathe. At times like this, it can take very little to upset my emotional or intellectual balance which is so important to maintain for my ongoing mental health. Over the years I’ve built a system of sorts that helps me to work through these times and regain my balance in order to keep moving forward. After all, dealing with change or loss is an inevitable part of life. At some point, we will all experience varying degrees of setback.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not a mental health practitioner and I’m not attempting to tell you all what you should do with mental illnesses like anxiety disorders or depression. I’m talking about resilience –the ability to cope with stress and hardship; filling a reservoir of strength to draw from to carry you through without falling apart.
Here are a few things that I do to make sure that reservoir is always full:
While writing this blog I thought it would be useful to share a link to a highly readable article from Harvard Business Review that speaks to finding and building resilience at work https://wisdomlabs.com/ and this 90 second rules (a personal fav) on mindfulness.
It’s something we need to talk more about at HDGH – how can we work together to build organizational resilience through supporting ongoing development of personal resilience among our 1,200 or so committed people? One way is by this week’s official launch of our Peer Support Team – a group of trained HDGH staff members who are able to assist their fellow colleagues in crisis or group crisis intervention. The HDGH Peer Support Team is trained to help our staff work through any problem, or issue that is creating stress or turmoil at work.
In closing, the jobs we do are hard at times and our personal lives can also be challenging and painful. Building our muscles of resilience is a good way to face life’s obstacles head on whether it’s at work or home.
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions!
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