Your physiology is in a feedback loop with your emotions. For example, if you are depressed, your body will consistently slump and slouch, which will influence your body to become more depressed. Feedback loops get more intense if not interrupted so, over time, that feedback loop may eventually result in a physical illness. (And that, in turn, gives you another excuse to be depressed, etc.) Conversely, if you are in great physical condition, it’s easier to have a positive outlook.
Moving through the challenges of any startup you’ll begin to wear some. Negative thoughts will accumulate for many. The worry that you may have thrown yourself into troubled waters may arise after multiple hiccups. Your body and mind will start to assist each other in the spiral that you are in. Many schools now cover this idea that our body’s reflect our emotional state and our emotional states can reflect our body.
Act out feeling sad and feeling happy or confident and your poise changes. Our brains constantly seek out the same. We work in absolutes when we are feeling challenged, threatened or weak. So does our body try to work in absolutes. So to counter act that- during standing meetings with the team why don’t you all offer up poses like feeling confident, strong, in command, creative. This may seem silly but there is positive impact.
Earlier in the day the better. The less the feedback loop can start up again.
Why not spend 10 minutes with the team watching something delightful.
Or 10 minutes in a circle laughing and pointing at each other.
Done in the morning this can help the team refocus into a positive loop (hopefully) which means we react and seek out things that reaffirm our loop….meaning posititivy for the rest of the day and a stronger culture for it.