If you don’t think that the term “self-care” belongs in the same sentence as “serious people,” then this blog is definitely for you.
You’re serious. You have important things to do. The only reason you even take time to read this blog – occasionally – is that you get tips for how to get more work done faster. Well guess what – this blog about self-care is actually about getting things done faster and better.
If you’re serious then you probably like to think of yourself as a machine. A lean, mean, get-things-done machine. Well, your machine needs maintenance. Here are a few examples:
*A healthy diet has been linked to higher energy
*Aerobic exercise increases blood flow which improves learning and memory. This blog explains that it is the best thing you can do to enhance your brain’s performance.
*Getting your sleep can increase focus, improve brain function (including creativity and innovation), and improve capacity for learning.
*Taking even short breaks during the day can improve focus and productivity
Leadership coach, Palena Neale, asks her clients some of these questions:
“What are your key priorities in life? Can you achieve them without health and well-being?”
“If the strongest leader you knew was struggling with stress, what would you advise them to do?”
“If you didn’t need help, but you just wanted to recharge your battery – how would you do that?”
Effective, serious leaders are role models for their team. If you role model self-care, then and your fellow, serious “machines” will be more productive and make more of a Mission Impact.
Ideas for this blog taken from: Neale, P. “’Serious Leaders Need Self-Care Too,” Harvard Business Review online, October 22, 2020.