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Empowering Leaders: creating your Personal Wellness Toolbox

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In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s easy to neglect our own well-being amidst the demands of work, family, and other responsibilities. Yet, taking care of ourselves is essential for maintaining balance and resilience in the face of life’s challenges. One powerful way to prioritize self-care is by curating a personalized toolkit of resources to support our body, mind, emotions, and soul.

This is a practice that I started years ago when life was busy (working full-time, single-mom, teens with busy activity schedules, studying for my Masters, long commute to work, oh! and a good few long-haul business trips each year!).

Why Create a Personal Wellness Toolkit?

Daily life is tiresome and to avoid burnout, we need to actively resource ourselves. As leaders, there are additional demands. Being your best-self is a necessity for creative thinking, making decisions, having energy for others and leading change – to name a few.

On top of that, life often throws curveballs, leaving us feeling drained and depleted. When we’re in the thick of it, it’s not necessarily the best time to start thinking about our wellness and coming up with ideas or figuring out some options to recover and restore some precious energy.

During these times, having a go-to list of resources can be invaluable. Here’s why:

  1. Immediate Support: When you’re feeling overwhelmed or depleted, you may not have the energy to search for ways to recharge. Having a pre-assembled toolkit ensures that you have easy access to resources that can help you feel better right away.
  2. Tailored to Your Needs: Everyone’s wellness needs are unique. By creating your own toolkit, you can include resources that resonate with you personally, whether it’s a calming meditation practice, a favorite exercise routine, or a comforting book.
  3. Consistent Self-Care: Consistency is key to maintaining well-being. A curated list of resources serves as a reminder to prioritize self-care even during busy times, fostering a habit of regular wellness practices.
  4. Empowerment: Building your own toolkit puts you in control of your well-being. Rather than relying solely on external sources for support, you become proactive in managing your health and happiness.

What to add to your Wellness Toolkit

In my previous article Navigating Wellbeing Diversity I talked about the 4 bodies that we all have, and all of these have needs.

It makes sense to construct your own Wellness Toolkit so that you have a list of resources in each to match your needs at any time. Here’s some ideas:

  1. Body: Physical well-being is the foundation of overall health. Wellness Toolkit resources can include exercise routines, healthy recipes, relaxation techniques, and self-care practices like massage or aromatherapy.
  2. Emotional: Emotional health involves recognizing, understanding, and managing our feelings.Include resources like mood-tracking apps, guided visualization exercises, therapy or counseling services, and supportive communities or friends who can provide empathy and encouragement.
  3. Mental: Mental wellness is essential for clarity, focus, and resilience. Incorporate activities such as mindfulness meditation, journaling prompts, brain-training exercises, or educational podcasts and books on topics that interest you.
  4. Spiritual: Nurturing the soul involves connecting with your innermost self and finding meaning and purpose in life. Consider adding practices such as spiritual rituals, nature walks, creative activities, or volunteering opportunities that align with your values.

Tips for Building Your Toolkit

If you are prone to energy depletion, burn-out or just have a busy phase approaching….

  • Start Small: Begin by identifying a few resources for each aspect of wellness that resonate with you. You can always expand and refine your toolkit over time.
  • Check off your list! Set a weekly / monthly or quarterly goal to spend time on your wellness activities. When complete, give them a check mark. This can be particularly satisfying dopamine hit for those who love to cross off lists but is also a way to hold yourself accountable while you create new wellness habits.
  • Experiment and Adapt: Be open to trying new things and adjusting your toolkit based on what works best for you. What works during one season of life may evolve in another.
  • Keep it Accessible: Store your resources in a convenient and easily accessible format, whether it’s a digital document, a dedicated app, a physical journal or a sheet of paper pinned where you can see it in your office.
  • Regularly Review and Update: Schedule regular check-ins to assess the effectiveness of your toolkit and make any necessary updates or additions as your needs change.

In summary…

In today’s fast-paced world, prioritizing self-care is more important than ever. By creating a personalized wellness toolkit encompassing resources for body, mind, emotions, and soul, you can equip yourself with the tools you need to survive and even get to thrive. Remember, investing in your well-being is not selfish—it’s essential for leading a fulfilling and balanced life.

What are some resources you would include in your personal wellness toolkit? Share your thoughts and suggestions in the comments below!

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