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Emotions are running raw during the pandemic. How should we manage our difficult feelings, especially at work? Weeks of social distancing have fueled a collective emotional rollercoaster of anxiety, stress, frustration, and fear. How can we better manage our emotions as individuals? How emotionally vulnerable can—or should—we be at work? Especially during this crisis, resilient and compassionate emotional intelligence with our colleagues is more essential than ever. Susan David, a Harvard Medical School psychologist and author of “Emotional Agility”, offers a helpful approach on how to manage difficult emotions—in life and at work—during this challenging time. Tips for managing difficult emotions: 1. Permit yourself to experience the emotion—it’s a normal response. Openly recognize what you’re feeling, practice “gentle acceptance” that it’s happening, and then respond to that emotion with an open attitude. Let go of what you cannot control. 2. Extend compassion to yourself and to others. Be patient and try to understand the full reality of the situation. Be kind, loving, and courageous. 3. Recognize that difficult emotions are clear signposts to your beliefs and values. Interpret your feelings, even if it’s uncomfortable, to pinpoint what’s most important for you at this time. Learn more about Susan David: --------------------------------------------------------------------- At Harvard Business Review, we believe in management. If the world’s organizations and institutions were run more effectively, if our leaders made better decisions, if people worked more productively, we believe that all of us — employees, bosses, customers, our families, and the people our businesses affect — would be better off. So we try to arm our readers with ideas that help them become smarter, more creative, and more courageous in their work. We enlist the foremost experts in a wide range of topics, including career planning, strategy, leadership, work-life balance, negotiations, innovation, and managing teams. Harvard Business Review empowers professionals around the world to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact. Sign up for Newsletters: Follow us:
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