Leadership and Burnout, Pt. 3

Finally back to blogging after a busy couple of days! Did you get a chance to read Leadership and Burnout, Part 1 and Part 2? Go ahead and catch up on those if you’d like and then resume with this post.

Today we’re going to go over some strategies to improve our self-care. Such an important thing to keep in mind as we try to prevent burnout! I’ll warn you: Some of this stuff is really obvious! And yet, so difficult to implement. We know it but we don’t always take the time to do it!

Here goes:

  1. Develop a new rhythm for your life. Work hard, play hard, rest well. Think of an athlete who works out hard every day. Just as important as their workouts, is their rest. Sleeping right, eating healthy foods, stretching etc. I used to run cross country and track in high school. My coach was a professional athlete herself and she often stressed this idea. What you do while you’re not running, she would tell us, was just – if not more – important than our running workout! Recovery is huge and the same is true in life. Work hard. Play hard. Rest well.
  2. Exercise self-awareness. We are all wired differently. That’s what’s so beautiful about how we’re made. Some of us are extroverted and others are introverts. Some of us love to dream big and imagine our futures; others of us like to live in the present and approach life more logically. Use this knowledge to inform your choices. For example, I’m an introvert. I love people don’t get me wrong, but if I’m around them too much I feel drained and I need some time alone. Since I know this about myself, I can schedule alone time into my calendar after more people-heavy periods. This help me to make sure I am staying refreshed. Know yourself and plan recovery time accordingly.
  3. Remember to take breaks throughout the day. I recently read an article on CNN’s website and a workplace psychologist stated the following: “From a productivity standpoint, there are diminishing marginal returns when you ask your brain to exert constant effort through an eight-hour day,” says Dr. Janet Scarborough Civitelli, a workplace psychologist at VocationVillage.com. “When workers skip a lunch break on a regular basis, they often don’t realize that fatigue and burnout are creeping up on them until they wake up one day and ‘suddenly’ feel less enthusiastic about their jobs or businesses.” –CNN.com (Why Taking Lunch Makes You a Better Employee)
  4. Sleep. Not sleeping enough has been shown to have a variety of negative consequences, including memory impairment, difficulty concentrating and more accidents on the road. Getting adequate sleep elevates our mood and provides energy to get through the day.
  5. Exercise. Much like the idea of getting enough sleep, it’s not like we’ve never heard about the benefits of regular exercise. Unfortunately we often neglect the simple things! Regular exercise has also been shown to improve moods, increase metabolism and provide energy.
  6. Have fun! As adults, we get stuck in th edaily grind and forget what it feels like to have fun and let off steam like a child. Remember how good you used to feel after a night of playing soccer or hanging out with friends. Even though we’re older now and our free time is more limited, the benefits are still the same! Here are a few ideas of activities to work back into your busy, grown up life that will make a huge difference… go mountain biking, organize your closet, do something crafty, watch a TV series on Netflix, organize a group basketball tournament, start a running club, get together with friends and form a cooking group, go window shopping.

What else do you like to do for fun?

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