Dear Leaders, We Owe It to Our Teams to Make Mental Health Priority #1

Courtney Branson
Nov 4, 2020 · 6 min read

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit. — Banksy

My friend Mary taught me a trick for big emotions. Instead of I’m anxious, label the feeling, This is anxiety. The shift divorces anxiety from my identity. I can recognize and be curious about the emotion but not tie it to myself. I do it with positive emotions, as well.

The other day, I watched my husband plant sunflowers with our daughter, Henley. It reminded me of a moment with my dad, and I felt gratitude and warmth. Saying to…