Being a leader should mean that people trust and believe in your decisions. As a result, keeping your mind alert is of the utmost importance, not just for your own well being, but also for your family or team, or any groups that you may lead. These 8 mindset health tips are reminders of how you can keep sharp for your leadership role.
Apply one of these simple mindset health tips or new habits daily!
Start by picking one to work on and set a goal to improve in that area. Taking care of your mind will help you to be ready to make decisions, take action, and lead with confidence.
1. LEARN YOUR LESSON
With every setback there is a valuable lesson. LEARN IT. What happened in the past doesn’t matter, but YOUR ATTITUDE toward what happened MATTERS. When things don’t go well, it is your chance to grow. Our Mindset health tip is to focus your thoughts on the opportunity you’ve been given to learn something new. You will be doing your mind a favor by not focusing on the loss, but rather what can be gained from the situation. It’s a growth mindset.
2. GET ENOUGH SLEEP.
The rest your body needs significantly affects your mind. So SLEEP. Average sleep needs vary based on age and other factors, but general medical consensus is that most of us don’t get enough. Do you get enough sleep? What you eat, or don’t, plus activity and exercise can help you sleep better. And improving your sleep lets your mind regenerate and last longer through the day. Mindset health tip number 2 is to SLEEP.
3. TAKE UNINTERRUPTED BREAKS
Mental fatigue can happen when you have to decipher too many messages or make many small decisions. The third mindset health tip is to TAKE FREQUENT UNINTERRUPTED BREAKS from watching news and social media, people that cause you extra stress, meetings, and answering emails.
4. ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN
Like any muscle, your brain needs exercise. ENGAGE YOUR BRAIN in remembering things, telling stories and creative activities regularly. And if you are alone, puzzles make great creative mind exercises.
5. COMPLETE SMALL TASKS
When you COMPLETE even SMALL TASKS and keep routines, like making your bed in the morning, you are finishing something. And when you complete a routine task your mind gets a positive reinforcement. You are finishing one thing to begin the next. That one simple act can help train your mind to find satisfaction in completion. So instead of getting bored or distracted, you will be more able to finish a project, and then focus on something new.
6. BE HONEST
BE HONEST with others and with yourself. It is taxing on your brain, and negative to your entire nervous system to lie. I’m not encouraging you to say mean things just because they are true! Telling the truth can always be done with kindness. Truly it is a great mindset healthy habit.
7. LET IT GO
Everyone gets hurt or offended sometimes. But for your own mind’s sake, LET IT GO. You will immediately feel relief when you forgive, or let something go that was bothering you. And the act of forgiving makes you stronger so things don’t bother you the next time. It also improves your relationships and most importantly, frees up your mind for more important things. Yes, some hurts are real, and require some sort of action or remedy, but that doesn’t mean that you need to hold onto the hurt on the inside. You can LET IT GO
8. ACKNOWLEDGE HOW YOU FEEL
Don’t ignore emotions or shame yourself for what you feel. Emotions are a valuable tool and they tell you something about your mind and body. So the mindset health tip number 8 is to ADMIT YOUR FEELINGS – at least to yourself. You don’t need to make decisions just based on how you feel, but acknowledge how you feel and learn to understand why you feel that way. Emotions are a vital and often overlooked part of clear thinking.
Those are my top 8, but there are more ways to keep your brain at peak performance! Like getting fresh air outside on a regular basis, and hopefully some sunlight at the same time, both of which can help your mind stay alert and awake.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVORITE MINDSET HEALTH TIPS TO KEEP YOUR MIND SHARP?
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