Most of us are aware that our attitude drives our behavior which, as a Manager, drives our team's attitude and behavior. So what should you do if you find yourself in a grumpy mood on your way to work? Here's a relaxation technique that's worth a try:
Progressive Muscular Relaxation is a technique to help you relax your body when you - and your muscles - are tense. The idea behind PMR is that you tense up a group of muscles so that they are as tightly contracted as possible. Hold them in a state of extreme tension for a few seconds. Then, relax the muscles normally. Next, consciously relax the muscles even further so that you are as relaxed as possible. Practice this twice a day for the first week or two until you get to grips with it. The better you become, the quicker the relaxation response will “kick in” when you really need it!
Tip: If you are trying this first thing in the morning, park the car away from the office when you do this. Having a team member walk by as you clench and relax might make for an awkward start to the day!