1. Slow down

“Understand that when the brain is under duress, the frontal lobe – the part you need for work – lessens in its activity. So, take your time before you say yes to requests or tasks. That way, you won’t get overwhelmed.”

2. Find space

“Be kind to yourself and find simple ways to nourish yourself at work – take time out for lunch, walk outside. If you feel particularly upset, have a cup of tea alone and without your screens nearby or being on call.”

3. Don't assume

“If you find you’re taking things personally, stop and reflect on other possibilities for the situation – don’t assume it’s you.”

4. Time it

“Notice times of the day when you’re more alert and work to your strengths by doing the harder jobs then.”

5. Aim for good enough

“Remember, if you’re 80 per cent happy with a task, then it’s most likely adequate.”


Understanding that hormones are contributing to this emotional rollercoaster can help you feel less like you're going crazy. Take time to remind yourself of your unique skills and attributes, and arm yourself with these strategies, so that when strong emotions strike you can feel more in control. 


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