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Refill your emotional cups

Let’s start off on the right foot

“I want to bring healing, but that’s a little earthy.” – Ziwe Fumudoh

     

The skinny

Millennials’ health continues to decline, driven by behavioral health conditions.

Going down?

Unfortunately. Recent report from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association indicates that there have been notable increases over the past year in major depression, alcohol use disorder, tobacco use disorder and substance use disorder.

 

Well.

Right? 2020 has driven many towards unhealthy behaviors but according to the report, the COVID-19 pandemic is taking a greater toll on Millennials than other generations, with 92% reporting negative impacts. In comparison, just 70% of Baby Boomers have said the pandemic has affected their mental health.

 

Ok, boomer?

Peep this. Many BB are retired (some living their best life) and therefore their lives haven’t been completely upended like their younger counter parts who are busy juggling child care, careers, unemployment (for some) and the overall extra burden that 2020 has put on their shoulders.

 

Deep breath.

Take a few. The CDC found that 46% of people ages 18-24 report experiencing pandemic-related anxiety and stress disorder. Only 9% of people 65+ reported pandemic-related despair.

 

2020, do not recommend.

0 stars. With the recent rise in behavioral health conditions, there is a correlation with an increased risk for chronic physical conditions. Researchers analyzed the medical claims of Millennials with five years of continuous health coverage. Those with ongoing behavioral health conditions since 2014 were approximately 2x more likely to have chronic physical conditions like hypertension, Crohn’s disease, Type II diabetes or coronary heart disease.

 

The bright side?

Call 988. There is now a three-digit number for mental health emergencies. 988 will be up and running by July 2022 which will give those in need an easy way to access help. Plus, 988 can help cut down on calls to 911 and potentially costly ER visits.

 

Need more good news.

For sure. Other good news is that Millennials are changing the way people look at mental health by being more open about their issues and destigmatizing therapy. Which is definitely a huge step forward.

 

May I app you?

Here are some helpful mental health applications you can use to help keep your mind in a good place. And if you or someone you know needs immediate help, please call: 1-800-662-4357.

 

Breathe:

Mindfulness therapy can help with anxiety and depression

 

Just breathe:

Take care of yourself.

     

The skinny

With AI technology continuing to gain ground, new leadership abilities need to be cultivated.

Like what?

Well, with the lightning fast pace of change, agility is a key skill leaders need to embrace. Change should not be viewed as a burden, but as an opportunity for both growth and innovation.

 

What else?

Emotional intelligence and empathy continue to be critical for leaders to adopt. And if you’re at a smaller organization, you may luck out. Employees at larger organizations have a less positive view of organizational empathy.

 

Stay humble.

Always. Humility is an important trait to keep top of mind. The best leaders are facilitators and collaborators, encouraging others to shine.

 

**Squints to the horizon**

Hey, over here. To understand the impact of AI on the business and all of its stakeholders, leaders in the intelligence revolution will need that big-picture vision. How will AI transform HR and organizational goals? Keep in mind that the workplaces of the future are going to be even more diverse with the adoption of AI. Many employees will be dispersed all over the world. It’s important to embrace differences and celebrate diversity in workplace culture.

 

Speaking of vision:

Learn why AI needs a linguist

 

Further reading:

HR’s AI Glossary

 

Totes quotes: “Make time at the start of meetings to check in, sincerely ask how everyone is doing and listen compassionately. We are humans first, and the most effective leaders recognize and tap into the human connection first, before they mean business.” Simi Rayat, Wellbeing Face Ltd.

     

The skinny

Anxiety, sadness and low self-worth could be symptoms of emotional exhaustion.

Puddle.

It’s ok! If you’re feeling numb or overburdened these days in response to another’s pain or request for help, that doesn’t make you unkind. What you’re feeling is compassionate fatigue.

 

What’s that?

Well, it’s a general feeling of being overwhelmed. In less stressful times, you may have jumped to help your neighbor or lend an ear to your bestie who wants to vent. Now, after months of social isolation, juggling work demands and caring for loved ones, our cup runneth…well, empty.

 

Tapped out.

Good news is, research shows compassion fatigue can be successfully treated with stress-reduction techniques like mediation and therapy. The key is learning to recognize symptoms so you can get help and avoid emotional burnout.

 

Refill?

Yes, grab your Oodie and snuggle in. It’s important to replenish your emotional stores. One way to start to refill your emo cup is by shifting your perspective. How we perceive someone’s suffering can impact our own well-being. Individuals who feel someone’s pain are more likely to experience distress than those who think about how the person is feeling.

 

Feeling the feels.

Before you do, first get some psychological distance between your thoughts and feelings by reframing how you see a stressful or difficult situation. This is called a “cognitive reappraisal” and it can help you diffuse negative emotions which can make a real difference physically.

 

Shame bells still ringing.

Hear those. When we feel compassion fatigue, it’s because our desire and ability to help are incompatible creating a negative feedback loop of guilt and shame for not being able to do it all. Learning to start with self-compassion and personal acceptance can help break the cycle of self-blame and help deploy your empathy for others.

 

Self-care tools:

Self-Compassion Exercise 1: How would you treat a friend?

 

Mantras: “At this moment, I accept that I’m exhausted. It’s okay to take care of myself.”

“I accept that I can’t do everything, but I’ll help in small ways.”

Now a break from the news…

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