Leaders need to rest

Mar 16, 2020

Take time each day to do things that rest your mind and body. This will help you be more creative, more productive, and a better leader.

At the beginning of this year, I took a quiz about my word for the year. Several years ago, one of my friends started doing this, so I thought I’d join in on the fun. 2019 was the first year I had a word of the year. I remembered it throughout the year at various times. My word was “Love.”

For 2020, my word is “Rest.” For those that know me, they know this is going to be challenging. My type A personality doesn’t sit still for long and is constantly on the go. That said, I believe this is perfect timing for this word in my life. We are all busy and moving forward to improve our lives, personally and professionally. Rest is essential in moving forward and making things happen. It’s only when our brains and bodies are rested that we can perform at our optimum capacity.

Especially as leaders, we need to embrace the idea of rest. It helps us be more creative, more productive, and better leaders among many other benefits. Rest is not just sleep, but also stillness during the day. Take time each day to do things that rest your mind and body. Everyone has different ways to rest, whether that be reading, mediating, walking, or reflecting. When your mind and body are at rest, creativity can flow through your brain. As leaders, we need more rest and more creativity in our businesses and in our lives. We forget that resting is part of a healthy lifestyle. I’m guilty of it too!

Rest creates a better leader and better person all around. When you are rested you are more patient, a better listener, an open-minded learner, and less stressed and anxious, just to name a few benefits.

Think about some of your best ideas or solutions to difficult problems you’ve solved. I would bet that many of those came when you weren’t actually thinking about the idea or solution. You were probably walking or eating breakfast or showering! Your brain needs that time to process the information and then discover that great idea or solution. Even if you aren’t “doing” your job, you probably are subconsciously. That’s a good thing!

Rest is essential for everyone – leaders, employees, children, friends, and family members. Memory relies on sleep so the more rest you get, the better your memory is. Rest is part of your overall health. Your business and your health will thank you!

P.S. If you want to read more on the topic of rest and its importance, check out this interesting Scientific American article: “Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime.”

Lindsay Young is president and founder of nu marketing. She can be reached at lindsay@numarketingllc.com.

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