Don’t Let This One Habit Undermine Your Career and Mental Health

Raise your hand if you’ve complained to a friend the night before an interview, “I can’t stand talking about myself!”

Or felt your face turn Elmo-red when your boss singled out your contributions to the last product launch in front of everyone.

Or hastily said, “Everyone had their part,” when your manager remarked on the calm and decisiveness with which you led your team to meet the last deadline. 

You believe it’s important not to be full of yourself. I get it. As a kid you were told not to toot your own horn. Perhaps you were even told that being proud of yourself was a sin.

So you deflect praise instinctively. You brush it off, saying “It’s nothing” or “It’s wasn’t a big deal” even when you applied yourself, put in several hours of overtime and worked your butt off.

But here’s the thing: downplaying your achievements hinders not just your career health, but your mental health.

Humility Is Not What You Think It Is

Contrary to what many of us believe, humility is not having a low view of yourself. Humility is having an accurate view of yourself.

Terry Real (2018) defines a healthy self-esteem as being able to hold yourself in warm regard while acknowledging your flaws. 

A misconception about mental health is it’s your ability how to cope with uncomfortable feelings, like those that come with anxiety or depression. But an essential component of your mental health is your ability to take in what is good and going well, known as your receptive affective capacity (Fosha, 2000). 

If you can’t trust any of the good that comes your way, that gives the negative more holding power.

What happens when you can’t take in your achievements? You zero in on your mistakes, criticism is more

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Rising temperatures: How to avoid heat-related illnesses and deaths – Harvard Health Blog

In Boston, we believe warmer is better. Our cravings for warmth are formed in the cold, dark winter nights when the prospect of summer seems impossibly remote. But with July temperatures reaching near 100° F, our winter dreams are becoming a summertime nightmare. Dangerous heat exposures in Boston and other cities across the US aren’t felt equally. Urban areas with less green space and more pavement can be up to 15 degrees hotter than other, greener places. These urban heat islands are much more likely to be poor, minority neighborhoods, and their origins can be traced straight back to redlining that began in the 1930s.

This summer, the disparate heat risk these communities face has piled onto the outsized harm that COVID-19 has already wrought upon them. The good news is that we can take actions that protect our most vulnerable urban neighbors and ourselves from COVID-19 and extreme heat.

What is heat-related illness?

Our ability to cool off has limits. When the heat is too strong, our bodies overheat. When that happens, we can get headaches and muscle cramps, and vomit. Severe overheating, when body temperature reaches 104° F or higher, can lead to heatstroke that can damage kidneys, brains, and muscles.

Even for people who are healthy, heat can be dangerous and cause heat-related illness. Outdoor workers, athletes (especially football players and young athletes), and women who are pregnant should be especially careful when it’s hot outside.

Who is at greater risk from high temperatures?

Heat can be a risk for those who are healthy, but it’s particularly risky for people who have existing health problems. It can even be lethal. Decades of research show that people die during heat waves, and that these deaths are not occurring among people who were likely to die soon anyway.


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