Yesterday I was talking to a client. He’s a big shot at his company and a marathon runner, but he was telling me that he keeps getting colds. I pointed out that he really needs to do one item of self-care every day.
“Healthcare?” he asked.
He was totally confused. “What do you mean?”
And I explained that he needed to take time out of his busy day to take care of himself.
- He could run a mile
- Curl up in a comfy chair with an article or book that he wanted to read
- Plan and prepare a meal and relax
He was BLOWN away. “Really? Every day? This is amazing!”
When you’re going a million miles an hour and ramping up your career, the idea of self-care is a foreign concept. However, self-care will help you as a leader.
Research tells us that when we slow our minds down to focus on one thing, we are more productive, happier, and more present. We feel better about ourselves, have a higher sense of well-being, and can make deeper connections with people. All of these benefits help you as a leader.
Make a commitment to do one self-care activity today – and every day going forward. It doesn’t have to take a lot of time. Here are 7 more ideas:
- For just two minutes, sit quietly, close your eyes, and focus on your breath.
- Call a friend you haven’t talked to in a while. Sit down, turn off your computer, and enjoy your conversation.
- Eat something that you enjoy. Eat it as slowly as humanly possible. Notice how amazing it tastes.
- Put on music and just move with the rhythm.
Which one will you try today? Find out for yourself how it impacts your leadership!