You must be aware that fatigue it is one of the obstacles you will encounter going through the leadership gauntlet. Self-health will strengthen your mental physical and spiritual well-being. When we are fatigued, we cannot do our best work. We are not able to think clearly or created. I’ll run down feeling of low energy also reduces our productivity. A key component of is the amount of rest we receive. The sleep foundation says that “While sleep requirements vary slightly from person to person, most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best. Children and teens need even more. And despite the notion that our sleep needs decrease with age, most older people still need at least 7 hours of sleep.” Are you getting enough sleep every night?
Secondly, we are surrounded by date to increase our awareness of nutritional foods and those products that may be good for us. The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute, NHLBI suggests that we have a healthy eating plan. “A healthy eating plan: Emphasizes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Includes lean meats, poultry, fish, beans, eggs, and nuts. Limits saturated and trans fats, sodium, and added sugars.”
In my book, the Isle of Knowledge I focus on the mantra that I use every day. I want to get my REPS in as a part of my normal routine. R stands for reflection. I begin each day thinking about the day and the activities that lie before me. E is for exercise. It may be simple calisthenics stretching or going to the club for more rigorous activity, such as lifting weights, running or participating in a spinning class. P is for prayer to ensure that I am spiritually centered. S is for study, which requires light reading to establish continuous learning. The study may be at the beginning of the day, during the day or at night before I go to bed.
You would agree with me that you do your best work when you are rested. Your ability to last and avoid fatigue is influenced by your eating habits, exercise routine and the amount of sleep you receive.
I’m Better When I’m Rested
I’m better when I’m rested
And have strength when I’m tested;
Experience in life has made me wise.
My mind is far from fragile,
For mentally I’m agile;
When judgment’s muscle gets exercise.
I’m better when I’m at peace;
In solitude I release
The worries and factors that lead to stress.
My problems have solutions,
My plans have executions,
That raise the likelihood of success.
I’m better when I’m rested.
My mind is not congested;
Thoughts across the synapse accelerate;
For sleep enriches, fortifies;
Ideas that I synthesize
As I, subconsciously create.
I’m better when I’m rested;
Resolved when I’m contested;
To conquer waiting enemies with zeal.
I’ve come to the conclusion
That sleep prevents confusion;
Performance mirrors the way I feel.
Copyright © 2001 Orlando Ceaser
Reprinted from Teach the Children to Dance
By Orlando Ceaser
How much sleep do you consistently receive?
Do you feel sluggish or fatigued?
Do you have a sensible diet?
When was the last time you had a physical checkup?
What do you do for relaxation?
What hobbies, interests or talents do you have?
Do you have a consistent exercise regimen?
What is the number one health related issue that you need to address?
Who will be your accountability partner to reach your health goals?
When will you start?