Many of us spend a lot of our time and effort taking care of the other people on our teams. We make sure they have the tools and resources to do their jobs. a safe and secure work environment, and we often go to great lengths to ensure they get enough time away from work to rest and recharge as well as spend time with the people they care about. Because we are often so focused on making sure our team members we sometimes forget that taking care of ourselves is critical as well. Adopting a healthy lifestyle and making time to get away from the work environment is critical to maintaining our creativity and decision making processes and taking care of ourselves helps us manage stress and keep a positive outlook.

Pillars for Taking Care of Ourselves

There are several aspects to keep in mind as we seek to maintain a balanced lifestyle that will keep us at peak performance:

  • Fitness and Exercise
  • Healthy Eating
  • Taking Time Away from Work
  • Finding Time to Recharge Daily

Ignoring one or more of these areas can push us out of balance. Sometimes our responsibilities as leaders might force us to place less priority on one of these areas, but it’s important that we get ourselves back in balance as soon as possible. In the video, Jason discusses all four pillars and gives effective tips on how to make each pillar stronger in our professional lives. He also addresses some of the challenges associated with each pillar and ways we can overcome them. Our teams are only as good as their weakest link and if we aren’t taking care of ourselves we might find that we are that weak link. We can avoid degrading our own performance and that of our team by making conscious decisions to take care of ourselves and keep our lives in balance.

Photo credit: By Gamweb (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons

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