Boost Your Wellness, Boost Your Leadership

Boost Your Wellness, Boost Your Leadership

Taking care of yourself – be it during a hectic or difficult holiday season, or any other time of year – is vital to leading others, building a vision, and navigating change. When I experience significant change, I tend to drop the fundamentals of self-care and personal wellness, and I have discovered that I am not the only one. Yet, what gives energy and clarity is self-care. Because the best leaders ensure the success of others and the achievement of the vision, they tend to put their self-care second. However, over time, leaders have learned this truth:

“If you don’t take time for your wellness,
you will be forced to take time for your illness

– Unknown

You are priority number one and it’s time to learn to put your self-care first. Here are seven concepts I have seen successful leaders embrace that could support a more vibrant you:

  1. Learn Something New – discover an instrument, woodworking, birding, or any other activity that’s sparked your interest. Attend the school of all life has to offer.
  2. Community – be a part of a community where you receive by giving.
  3. Gratitude – end each day by noticing what is going well. Give thanks to those who helped your day go even better.
  4. Movement – walk in nature, play pickleball or try a new fitness class… whatever gets you moving and grooving.
  5. Health – be selective of the quality of your food and incorporate lots of greens.
  6. Friendship – have a few good friends who cherish the heart of who you are and support you in your joys and heartaches.
  7. Partner – have a special someone who you love and like.

To maintain good energy throughout the day, ask yourself each hour if you experience any of the following:

  • What did I enjoy the most in the hour?
  • What gave me pleasure?
  • What brought satisfaction?
  • Where did I experience joy?
  • What made me laugh?
  • Where was I cheerful?
  • Where was I willing?
  • How many times did I smile?
  • Did I experience good luck?

Taking care of yourself daily allows you to be the leader others need for the short and long term.

Honor you, especially this holiday season!