When you’re in a leadership position, you’ve probably been told once or twice that you need to ensure you focus on your wellbeing.
But it’s easier said than done right? You might have taken several steps to try and find an ideal work-life balance, but eventually, those habits drop off. The only way you can relax is when you go on a holiday.
However, if you want to be successful in your leadership role and reach your full potential, you need to learn how to relax when you’re off the clock. This break will help you reset and come back into the office fresh, clear-headed, and ready to perform at your best.
Need more reasons why you need to relax? Consider these factors to justify why you should take some time for yourself.
1. Better Sleep
Learning to switch off from work will take some time and adjustment. But once you master it, then you can teach yourself to stay relaxed before you head to bed. Many leaders lay awake thinking about the next day, what they have to do, and the conversations they plan on having.
You want to go to bed with a clear mind so you can get to sleep faster without worrying about things that haven’t happened yet. Again, this will take some time to develop, but you’ll become a better leader as you’ll be more refreshed and need less coffee the next day.
2. Greater Focus
If you’re sleeping better and feeling relaxed, then you’ll notice that you’re more focused when you’re in the office or working from home. When you’re in this mood, you’ll be more productive and accomplish more than you would on a typical day.
Tasks you thought would take the whole day might only take half the time. There will always be distractions and fires you need to put out. But as your mind feels more refreshed, you’ll begin to find it easier to seamlessly switch between duties.
3. Smarter Decision-Making
Have you ever noticed when you’re feeling great that you find yourself being able to think clearer? You don’t need as much time to make decisions, and you can rely on your instincts to point you in the right direction.
This benefit is vital in positions where you need to make snap decisions. If the day isn’t playing out as you had hoped or unforeseen events have transpired, people will look to you for guidance. You want to ensure you are in the best state of mind to handle these situations.
4. Reduction in Fog Brain
Everyone can agree that fog brain is the worst. You feel sluggish all day and don’t feel like you accomplish anything by the time you’re heading home. If you feel like this regularly, then it’s a sign that you need to relax more when you’re off the clock.
Fog brain will also impact your progression as a leader. Instead of looking for ways to improve from within your role, you’re just trying to survive the day and make it to tomorrow. Your performance will plateau, and you won’t be able to achieve your career aspirations.
5. Improved Self Confidence
With no fog brain, greater focus, and the ability to make smarter decisions faster, you’ll quickly notice your self-confidence increasing. Don’t underestimate this benefit. The more confident you are in your role, the better you’ll be as a leader.
It will also help silence your imposter syndrome. You won’t doubt your abilities, and you’ll begin to trust yourself more. This is vital in high-pressure environments where cool heads are often required.
How Will You Relax?
Now that you know some of the many benefits of relaxing outside of work, your next decision is to decide the activity that will help you switch off. Choose something that you enjoy. If you don’t like reading, then don’t pick up a book. You want something that will stick as a habit and become second nature in no time.
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