Show your appreciation
Studies show that people who practice gratitude consistently report greater physical, emotional, and social well-being. Make a habit of thanking all of your team members for their help throughout the day. Send a thank you note or text or tweet someone who contributed to something positive in your day, week, fitness, career or other life goals. Be specific about how they made an impact. Encourage your team members to recognize others too.
Share in the laughter
Have a daily laugh with your team by rotating the task of sharing a fun fact, some trivia or a funny video clip. Watch it together during a recovery break.
Spend time outside (or at least look at pictures of nature)
Besides the sunlight exposure (which has all sorts of benefits), stepping outside for 15 minutes a day has been linked to better mental health. Even just looking at photos can increase positivity, happiness, and emotional stability. Get the team involved with a “Vitamin D at 3” initiative and do a few laps around the block or client site at 3pm each day. Not only will you get the emotional benefits from being outside, but you’ll also get time to connect as a team and contribute to your physical sustainability.
Begin a weekly meeting by asking each team member a simple question: “How are you feeling today?” Only accept responses that express emotion and state, not “fine” or “good.” Sharing what we’re feeling in simple terms helps us to better contain and manage even the most difficult emotions. By naming them out loud, we are effectively taking responsibility for them, making it less likely that rouge feelings will spill out at the expense of others over the course of a day.