Friday brings the first day of spring, and with it, the promise of regrowth and renewal. If you’ve read Stephen R. Covey’s groundbreaking book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, you know the last (and arguably most important) habit is renewal.
Have you found the right balance between producing and actually improving your ability to produce?
Covey recommends a program of self-renewal centered on the four areas of your life:
Are you eating right? For recommendations for healthy eating habits, education on nutrition, and daily food plans visit ChooseMyPlate.gov.
Exercising often? The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends 30 minutes of moderate activity per day. Visit HealthFinder.gov for more information.
Getting enough rest? According to The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the average adult needs 7 to 8 hours. For more information, visit HealthFinder.gov.
Focus on depth, not just breadth. Strive for regular and meaningful connections with others.
PBS.org stated it this way in their series called This Emotional Life “Relationships create psychological space and safety so that we can explore and learn. When we feel safe and supported, we don’t have to narrow in on survival tasks like responding to danger or finding our next meal. We are able to explore our world, which builds resources for times of stress and adversity.”
Read vigorously, learn, and encourage others to do the same.
An article in Psychology Today discusses the benefits of metal exercises and building “cognitive reserve”. These benefits can include everything from improved memory, to reducing the onset of Alzheimer’s.
Spend time in nature, meditate or pray, listen to music, and find a way to serve others.
An article published by the Mayo Clinic addresses the connection between spirituality and stress relief.
As they say on the plane, put your oxygen mask on first! By caring for yourself, you set an important example for your team-whether it’s your family or your entire staff. If you’re feeling scattered and stressed, they’re more likely to feel that way, too.
Do you need help developing your leadership skills and becoming highly effective? Call me. Provost Consulting will work with you to “sharpen the saw” as Covey says, so you produce more, stress less.
“… And as it is for spring flowers, so it is for us.”
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