In the last post, I talked about the practice of taking a retreat regularly and how that helps to be a healthy leader. In this post, I will go over the final four self-care practices:
- Dealing with internal stress
It is important to accept that stress may be a normal part of your life, but you need to know that too much of it can actually damage you. If you do not manage your stress appropriately, you risk blowing up emotionally in the wrong settings. To manage stress, here are six areas of your life where you should try to build some margin: finances, time management, physical health, energy level, emotional well-being, and relationships. Managing your internal stress can help to maintain a healthy emotional life, which will ultimately result in being a healthy leader.
- Continuing to Grow
You must establish and strive to follow a plan for your own personal growth. We are never too young to learn. One may experience a “downfall” if one refuses to learn or stops learning. (Check out 1 Timothy 4:13-16)
- Developing close friendships
Good friends are vital to keep leadership fresh. Leadership can be very lonely. Sadly, the higher you rise, the more likely you are to become isolated. Make an effort to surround yourself with friends that give you grace, rejuvenate you, and lift up your soul. Avoid the friends that to suck the life out of you. Life is hard enough without people bringing you down.
- Keeping your body fit
You can’t be a healthy leader if your body is physically unhealthy. How can you stay physically fit? You need to manage your diet, your weight, your fitness, and your physical rest. Even a half hour walk a day will do wonders for your physical health. You may be surprised to know that managing your energy is more important than managing your time. You need energy all day long. Make sure to save some energy for when you go home to your family.
In summary, there are five self care practices you need to execute in your life in order to be a healthy leader: taking retreats regularly, dealing with internal stress, continuing to grow, developing close friendships, and keeping your body fit. Take a minute and reflect on your life. Make the necessary changes to be the best and healthiest leader you can be.