Managing Stress: 5 Tips for Leaders

1.Safety: promote a sense of safety among the team.
EXAMPLE: check in with your staff regularly, address concerns about family safety as well as staff themselves.
2.Calm: provide strategies for people to calm themselves and each other in times of stress.
 EXAMPLE= “gel in and breathe” (using the breath to calm)
3.Connectedness: promote connection even when team members are remote.
EXAMPLE: find ways to stay connected to staff who are ill or under quarantine, or ways for staff to connect easily with their family from work
4.Competence: Assure that the team have the necessary information and training to feel competent to handle their work.
EXAMPLE: frequent updates and means for team members to ask questions, clarify procedures
5.Confidence: promote and maintain confidence among the team in themselves and each other.
EXAMPLE: spread success stories, “what went well”, great ideas and innovative actions.
     The Circle of Influence
     The Stress Continuum










²Optimal functioning
²Adaptive growth


You have the focus to help others.  

Continue to balance your rest and sleep.

Practice gratitude



²Mild and transient distress or impairment
²Always goes away

Slow down your body for a moment when reacting to stress.

Use the breath to calm and focus





²More severe and persistent distress or impairment


Feeling that moments and things in your life are getting out of control? 




Stop: pause for a moment

Take a Breath: to calm

Observe: what am I feeling?

What are my goals?

What are my choices?

Proceed with awareness


²Unhealed stress injury causing life impairment
²Activating other symptoms

Having difficulty thinking about how much longer you can keep doing this?  Talk with a peer or a leader.

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