2000 Jordan Institute
Vol. 3, No. 1
Staying Emotionally Healthy
a life apart from your job and attend to it. Give yourself some things
to look forward to.
recognize, and be able to rely upon a strong value base from which
you can draw strength. Find meaning and importance in what you do.
care of the things that are important to you personally. Confront
what is bothering you.
the skills to address the situations you routinely face.
own others' mistakes.
some "perspective taking" abilities. Don't overvalue your
disappointments or undervalue your gains and victories.
what you need to do to experience success. Get your work done. You
may be more intolerant and frustrated with other people when you don't
feel good about your own efforts.
fun. Enjoy the challenge and the people. Capitalize on the energy
the tasks and relationships bring. Every now and again take the focus
off the things that need to be done. Take advantage of opportunities
to laugh, be a little silly, or just play.
at your goals to determine if they are working for you. Set realistic
goals and ask yourself whether they have been given to you by someone
else or whether you have made them your own.
that you can be an active agent in your life.
to colleagues and friends for support. Don't try to internalize all
your concerns and deal with them alone.
a support group. With your colleagues you can collectively come up
with alternative ways to approach problems and identify new ways to
find hope. You can also use this time to get to know your colleagues
on a personal level, have fun with then, talk about light subjects
unrelated to work, and simply share whatever is on your mind and in
develop the skill to discover humor in the situations you face.
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Real World. Pacific Grove, California: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company.
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Institute for Families