In an attempt to practice cognitive behavioural therapy on myself, I am utilizing the avenues available to me; namely this blog to achieve some of my goals. Disclaimer: I am not trained (not even in the slightest) as a psychiatrist, psychologist or any other kind of mental health practitioner. I do; however, suffer from being a “creative type” and not being much of a talker; talk therapy does not do anything to help my situation.
Here goes, I recently read an article on elle.com “Crying at work? Well, everyone can hear you. But author Anne Kreamer thinks it is okay to let it out—and backs that up with research” written by Miranda Purves. It is essentially a review of Anne Kreamer’s book It’s Always Personal: Emotion in the New Workplace (Random House)”. The book suggests that the walls between workplace and home have essentially disappeared with the invention of gadgets such as Blackberry’s and the fact that half the workforce is comprised of women.
Basically what Kreamer is saying is that it should be ok to cry at work, despite the negative connotations that presently come with it. (Interestingly, her studies point to women being more critical of crying than men). And if we no longer associate negativity with crying at work and allow it to happen then it will affect the bottom line in a positive way. It all boils down to stress management.
As an aside, based on my very unscientific study (and not deliberately being contradictory) if you focus your energies somewhere else, the tears tend to dry up if only for that period of time. So you can rush off to the bathroom, place your head on your desk, close your office door or whatever is your modus operandi when the tears threaten or do.
On a completely unrelated but ironic note, the Travel Channel is embarking on a new series which will allow viewers to see the lives of interesting and inspiring women who live and work in some of the most fascinating places in the world. It is called It’s a Woman’s World. The Travel Channel is presently in Jamaica doing recordings for The Jamaican Woman’s World. Cherine Anderson will be performing at The Deck today 1 June 2011 commencing at 9 p.m. as a part of this feature. There is no cover charge.