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Level Up is a podcast for anyone interested in improving their leadership skills. The series is designed to help you get to know the leaders of Experian and gain insight into the skills needed to grow your career.
Times are hard navigating life with something we’re not very familiar with at all: the COVID-19 pandemic. A lot of us are making drastic changes to our work and home lives, and we know that this can take a toll physically and mentally, so today’s episode will be a discussion about ways to cope during this period.
We spoke to Amy Priest, Wellbeing Manager for Experian United Kingdom & Ireland. Amy also chairs the Experian Pride Network UK&I and is a founding member of the everyMIND mental health network.
Here are some takeaways from our conversation with Amy:
Don’t compare yourself to others.
It’s important to avoid comparing yourself to others. Some colleagues might thrive (and be more productive), while others might be suffering with less sleep and less energy. It’s unfair to compare your energy levels, productivity and emotional wellbeing with others. It’s okay to feel overwhelmed and to feel like you’re in survival mode.
One size does not fit all.
Everybody is going through something right now — and we’re all trying to handle each challenge in our own way. Amy shares that there is never going to a “one size fits all” approach to managing life right now. There is no playbook for how to handle each struggle we go through. It’s important is figure out what works for you and to give yourself grace as you deal with the various struggles you’re facing.
Many of us might know the best way to respond when someone shares their hardships with us. Amy talks with us about how the S.H.U.S.H. acronym can help us:
Remember, you are not expected to provide any type of solution. S.H.U.S.H and try to understand how that person is feeling.
Voice your feelings.
Amy actively makes a conscious decision to talk about her feelings with others. Talking about our feelings and emotional struggles with trusted friends and colleagues can help others feel comfortable to share their struggles, too.After all, just because we aren’t physically going to work, doesn’t mean we should stop bringing our whole selves to our work.
We were so happy to have the opportunity to chat with Amy about ways to manage our emotions in this episode of Level Up.