When we laugh, we relax. As anxiety decreases, our capacity to retain information expands.
While self care sounds sensible and practical on its face, it is not always easily done or intuitive particularly in the face of stress and high demand. I encourage you to make this your priority.
Awkwardness indicates something is up. If we can bring ourselves to find out what, we put ourselves in a better position to address it.
Far too often, we assume that there is no room for feelings in the workplace. Nonsense. Human beings may be the only creatures with the capacity to think logically, but we are largely run by our emotions and they shift frequently, often subconsciously.
On the covers of business magazines, young leaders are lauded for can-do entrepreneurial spirit. Meanwhile, in the opinion and advice columns of these magazines, young staffers are decried by older colleagues for their endless need to feel special and receive feedback.