Stress Management for Manager of Everyone Else's Stress
Contributed by Laura Miller, Advocate
Being the person in charge of another human being has some incredible benefits. You get to be a part of the happy moments, the triumphs, the goals that are met, and you see the smiles and hear the giggles. However, being that person is not an easy task. In addition to the good times, there are also frustrating, sad and incredibly stressful times. When, as a parent and/or guardian, we see our children struggling with their emotions, we try to do what we can to help and to make them feel better. Somehow, we can identify the emotions of others, but not always of ourselves, until the feelings build up too much. As parents and/or guardians, we need to follow the rule presented by flight attendants: you need to put on your own oxygen mask first, before you can help others with theirs. In other words, in order to best help those around you, you need to be able to help yourself.