So when that happens, what do you do to pull yourself out of it?
A few of my tricks:
- Music in my office. Help me, Thelonious Monk, you're my only hope.
- Reminding myself, on a minute by minute basis if necessary, that I can't control current circumstances or other people's reactions to them, but I CAN control MY reactions to them, I can choose how I respond, and I want to be able to be proud of being my best self in times of stress, not ashamed of how I took my stress out on other people.
- Taking a walk. Nothing like a little time away from the computer, phone, etc. out in nature to help provide perspective.
- Spending some time reading all your big thinkers and innovators in association management. It reminds me of all the good potential and good ideas in our world that sometimes get to win out.