Focus on building a strong foundation for the future. Self-care allows your brain to rest and replenish itself. It increases health, focus, creativity, and allows for clear thinking. Practicing and valuing self-care is key to living a life that is full of meaning and significance. It frees you from the pressures of burn out. As Vincent Van Gogh once said, “great things are done by a series of small things brought together.” Self-care helps you to mitigate problems that enhance your quality of life, productivity, and host of related outcomes.
Invest in your health the same way you invest in your financial future. The Business of Balance is taking care of yourself in a way that does not require you to “indulge” in order to restore balance. It is making the commitment to stay healthy and balanced as a regular practice. Balance is leadership discipline. Your lens to the world is hugely influenced by how well you are and how good you feel. The recipe for Self-care is creating an environment that is specific to your needs. Self-care is being aware that despite challenges, we all could use a break.
Learning different ways to practice Self-care prepares you for the future. Learning different ways to practice self-care prepares you to achieve and thrive in ways that maximize your potential. The discipline involves self-leadership, and the absence of it often leads to self-sabotage. Your attitude of how you deal with milestones prepares you to meet short-and-long term goals. Self-care is a combination of striving, achieving, and pausing. Self-care is an example of how one makes leadership a verb. It is work, and discipline. Like anything in life that is truly worthwhile, it requires sacrifices, and self-control. As you learn the different ways to practice self-care for physical and mental well-being, you gain the ability to deactivate panic and direct your life.
Self-care in 15min
- Exercise (yoga, taking the stairs, stretch, walk, crunches)
- Take a power nap
- Read a book
- Think happy thoughts
- Learn something new
- Stare up at the sky
Allowing your mind, body, spirit to rest is the true test to fighting restlessness. For self-care to happen, allow yourself to be optimistic, compassionate and have an open-mind. When it comes to Self-care, you have two options; you can stay restless and choose status quo or fight to make the next 15mins better. Small successes matter. You deserve 15mins.
Blog Credit| Hollins University Batten Leadership Institute