Dr. Rob Sheehan: Self-Care for Serious People
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.