Wearing the Mantle of Leadership: Tips for Relaxation and Quieting the Mind

| November 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

ID-10063684Any leader will be able to relate to the fact that being the leader is not always easy.  Sometimes, it can be downright difficult.  It is important to learn to relax and quiet the mind.

If you are not overachieving and extremely busy in today’s society, you are the exception and not the norm. We are all guilty of this; we overextend, overachieve, and over-stress ourselves to the point of breaking. Little do we realize, however, that we are hurting our body by hurting our mind.

Leaders need to learn to relax because it helps them to 

1.  Make better decisions.

2. Keep themselves healthy.

3. Provide a good role model for others.

Have you ever encountered a friend or family member who tells you to just relax? Don’t you just love that? Telling someone to just relax is like telling someone who is allergic to just stop being allergic.  Some of us are more nervous than others and it is just a part of our genetic makeup. However, we certainly do not have to be stuck in that way of being; we can change our focus and perception and truly learn how to relax.

For some of us, being relaxed is easy, and for others it is a learned behavior. That is the beauty of relaxing – if you do not know how, you can learn. It may take some trial and effort, but it certainly is a skill.  With time and practice you, too, can just relax.

Practice The Art of Gratitude

It is so easy to be upset when things do not go our way. From the moment we spill our coffee, lock our keys in the car, and forget our lunch, a spiral of circumstances can set us off into a tailspin of negativity. However, we can choose to stay in a state of discontent and let that dictate our day, or we can be grateful for the other things in our lives even if they are not present in front of us right now.

Did you ever notice that when something nice happens, we tend to smile for a moment and then move on? However, when something goes wrong, we feel the need to tell everyone and anyone that will listen. It is in those exact moments of discontent that we need to focus on what we are grateful for, and it is then and only then that we will pull ourselves up from discontent.

Keeping the focus on gratitude offers your mind something to smile about, regardless of outside circumstances. Focusing on people, places, and even things that make you grateful, gives your mind the quiet respite that it needs to stay active and healthy in the future.

A Time for Nothingness

Everyone has a busy schedule; that is a known fact. We all set our schedules to overflowing and then complain that we do not have time for ourselves. Take a good hard look at your schedule and see what you can delete and what you can delegate. If you are going to have a healthy mind, you need to take care of it just as you would your body. One cannot function healthily without the other.

The best tip for quieting your mind is to put that on your schedule. Put it in big red pen on your calendar, text yourself a reminder, and place it on your list of things to do this week.

Take a Moment

Being in the moment has become a cliché; however, if you really take the time and trouble to learn what that means, you will learn how to quiet your mind. Focus on what you are doing at the exact moment you are doing it.  In this way, you are focused on the moment at hand and not two days from now when something big is arising. These are just three helpful tips for quieting your mind.

I hope these relaxation tips will serve the leaders in this community as the leaders serve in their communities.  Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think, or, better yet, leave some great tips of your own.  I look forward to connecting with you again, soon.

Keep Moving Forward!

Deanna

P.S.  If you like to know more about relaxation and melting stress away, click here.

 

 

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About the Author: Deanna Wharwood is known as the Veterans Coach because she helps active duty, veterans and military spouses transition from military member to small business owner through a proven system of transition assistance coaching and small business start up. She is a mother, a sister, an entrepreneur and a breast cancer survivor. She offers a free gift, "The Definitive Guide to Starting a Small Business" on her website at http://deannawharwood.com/blog and she regularly hosts, "the Deanna Wharwood Show" on http://blogtalkradio.com/deannawharwood