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3 Ways Leaders Can Prioritize Their Mental Health

Mental Health Matters

In the fast-paced world of leadership, where responsibilities are often overwhelming and expectations are high, prioritizing mental health can easily slide down the priority list. We live in a culture that declares leaders must always be in a state of striving and doing. This notion raises the question of how can we live “soft boss lives” when leadership is hard. However, Mental Health Awareness Month serves as an important reminder for leaders to at least temporarily deter from such a grueling state to prioritize their well-being.

Here are three ways leaders can take care of their mental health:

1. Implementing Self-Care

Carving out time for self-care is critical. Whether it’s through meditation, exercise, binge-watching Bridgerton, or re-watching Game of Thrones, allocating moments for personal rejuvenation can significantly alleviate stress and improve mental clarity. Self-care is personal and subjective. Self-care can look like indulging in baked cookies and ice cream while immersing yourself in a good read. Also, it may be lying down in bed with your eyes closed for a few minutes or napping. While taking time out to practice self-care, aim for healthy practices most of the time (eating cookies each time you take a break isn’t healthy, of course). And be sure to take your self-care seriously by unplugging yourself from the workweek so you can recharge and feel more balanced.

2. Practicing Healthy Communication

While taking a break, make sure your staff or partners don’t have to rely on you. Always aim to create a culture of open communication with employees and other people and organizations you work with. Leave clear instructions for tasks and communicate your absence when collaborating on projects. This way upon your return to the office, you don’t run into communication issues that you may have to resolve.

3. Seeking Professional Assistance

Remember, you are not alone on your path as a leader. Seeking professional help when needed is not a sign of weakness, but rather a proactive step towards maintaining mental wellness. Professionals bring expertise and guidance to help navigate challenges and reach goals with confidence. Leaders should not hesitate to consult therapists, counselors, and coaches for guidance and coping strategies tailored to their unique challenges and responsibilities. When you focus on your mental health, you enhance your well-being and cultivate a healthier and more productive work environment for your teams.

As Mental Health Awareness Month draws to a close, let’s carry forward the lessons learned and prioritize mental health. Remember, leadership is not just about guiding others—it’s also about nurturing oneself. By embracing self-care, fostering open dialogue, and seeking professional support when needed, leaders can pave the way for a workplace culture that values mental well-being. Let’s continue to share the positive outcomes of employing healthy mental health practices not just in May, but every day. And let’s continue striving for a workplace culture that ensures that leaders and their teams thrive in a supportive, compassionate, and trauma-informed environment!

About the Author

Siera Suazo

Siera Suazo is the Founder and CEO of Siera Project Co. She is a writer, motivational trauma educator, and trauma-conscious entrepreneur. She has a bachelor’s degree in business and content strategy. When she’s not discussing trauma, she is enjoying quality time with her husband, Erick, and treating her dog son, Paxton, to belly rubs.

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