Self-Care. What’s In It For You, and Should You Bother? On this week’s Engaging Life and Leadership podcast with Darren Dake and me, we interview guest author, speaker, and professional counselor, Lucille Zimmerman. Here’s a short example proving this is an important issue for those at all levels of leadership and life.
I stood in front of the crowd. The tables were large. Silver carafes filled with ice water. Papers rustled as meeting agendas were reviewed. The occasional slurp from a Starbucks cup interrupted excited voices sharing recent marketing endeavors, and innovative business plans. Powerful and profitable men and women who at first glance, appear to have it made. But when you know the rest of their stories, you find successful people often struggle with their own issues.
One of their biggest foes? Accepting a need for self-care, and giving themselves permission to do something about it. Before a heart attack, stroke, family breakdown, or business collapse make it too late. It is possible to reduce stress, chaos, anxiety, and other destructive forces, with a few simple, and quick changes to your routine.
Recently, Darren and I spoke with Lucille Zimmerman, Licensed Professional Counselor and author of Renewed — Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. This fascinating look at how leaders unknowingly set themselves up to fail, while they’re trying to succeed. Join us, and listen in as we explore the answers to these intriguing questions:
- Why do you think men and women in leadership positions feel guilty about taking time for themselves?
- Do our brains need more downtime, or less?
- As a counselor and teacher, you must struggle with a busy schedule yourself. What has been your own experience with learning self-care?
- In your book, you talk about several easy ways to practice self-care. It can be as simple as smiling (everyone has time for that!) What are some other simple techniques pressurized employees and leaders can do to lessen their stress?
- What is an affirmation, and how does can it support self-care in the workplace?
- Why are healthy boundaries so important? Can you give us 2 or 3 tips for how to set healthy boundaries on the job?
- Solitude is rare. What are some practical ways we can put more solitude into our lives?
- What is the benefit of sharing secrets? Why not just keep them hidden? What kind of secrets can cause destruction in a work environment?
- How does practicing gratitude renew us? How can it improve our experience on the job?
Find Lucille’s book, Renewed — Finding Your Inner Happy in An Overwhelmed World at all major bookstores, and online at Amazon, and christianbook.com. Connect with Lucille at www.lucillezimmerman.com.
As Darren and Anita travel the country speaking on leadership and effective life skills, they know the importance of practicing self-care, and share the benefits with others. If you don’t care for yourself, your self will eventually destruct.
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Are you taking care of yourself before it’s too late?
Anita Fresh Faith
Psalm 144:3 (NIV) Lord, what are human beings that you care for them, mere mortals that you think of them?
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business and Inspirational Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Expert, Certified Training Facilitator, Communications Specialist, and national speaker. Anita is also the author of, First Hired, Last Fired — How to Become Irreplaceable in Any Job Market. Now available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million, Lifeway, Christianbook.com, select Walmart’s, plus many fine stores, Christian and otherwise.
She’s a partner in The Zenith Zone, a business coaching firm. Member of the Christian Writer’s Guild, Toastmasters, and a client of WordServe Literary Group. A graduate of CLASSeminars for Leaders, Speakers, and Authors, a co-founder of The StoryWriting Studio, and speaker on circuit for Stonecroft International Ministries. Anita co-hosts a weekly podcast, Engaging Life and Leadership with Darren Dake, available on iTunes, Stitcher, and other podcast platforms.
Anita is passionate about business with integrity, healthy relationships, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research. She believes it’s never too late for a fresh start with fresh faith.
Her favorite past time is lounging by a river or lake in Missouri, laughing with with her husband of thirty years, Ricky.