As Brian McGill plainly puts it:
Your calm mind is the ultimate weapon against your challenges. So relax.
Here are five tips to increase resilience and wellbeing:
1. Ask yourself, “What do I really want as a result of this workload?”
Chances are what you really want isn’t actually attached to a project or outcome. It probably has to do with an internal feeling like peace, worthiness, or a sense of accomplishment. Aligning to what you really want will help put your choices, and your workload, into perspective.
2. Start your morning with silence.
Get into a morning routine of meditation, contemplation, or concentration. Studies show that giving the brain conscious attentive space provides a myriad of health benefits including stress reduction, resilience, and an improved overall well-being. This doesn’t have to be new-agey guru-type stuff. There is scientific evidence and a variety of experts to prove it. (Check out Mindsight, The Miracle of Mindfulness, Who Switched off my Brain, and anything by Richard Rohr or Jon Kabat-Zinn, for resources.)
3. Work up a sweat.
Strengthening your body simultaneously strengthens your mind. Exercise releases endorphins and serotonin in the brain, mood-regulating chemicals, creating the feeling of well-being.
4. Break your phone habit.
Studies show a link to phone use and anxiety and depression. Notice when you use your phone to avoid discomfort versus just to pass time. Consciously investigate that discomfort. It wants to teach you something.
5. Eat with intention.
Food nourishes your body or it doesn’t. Include foods to decrease anxiety like turkey, asparagus, and avocados to name a few, and lay off processed and sugar-filled foods like pop and cake. Consider whether every food you put into your mouth is for your benefit or not.
Besides food, sleep and exercise rank as the top three physical factors influencing your mental and emotional well-being. During challenges, if these three aren’t met, your resilience will be affected.
What tips are missing that have helped you?
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