Our job behind the bar is not only hard on our bodies, it’s hard on our minds. Humans are naturally reactionary creatures, we’re wired for fight or flight and it’s very hard to not react or get stressed out when a challenging situation arises, even if there isn’t really any danger. All of that stress can build up and eventually burn out our mind the same way physical stress can burn out our bodies. While physical exercise can help maintain our bodies, mental exercise, like breathing meditation can help maintain our minds.
When things get really stressful though, it’s important to have the right mental tools to handle the situation. The same way we reach for a Hawthorne strainer when we need to strain a cocktail, we need to reach for the right mental tool when we are presented with a stressful situation. Listen to this episode in the player or wherever podcasts are found to find out how we can use compassion to maintain a calm and peaceful mind when things get tense with customers.
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