A famous piece of advice for new moms is, “you can’t take care of someone else without taking care of yourself first,” which is untrue. It is possible (probable, in fact) to take care of someone else and sacrifice yourself in the process.
Look at the professions which care for others. Nurses have higher rates of obesity than the general population. Comparing various careers, doctors have the highest suicide rate. In earlier studies, food service workers smoked the most.
In the role of association leaders, you take care of other people. Given the inherent stresses of caring for others, what can we do to take care of ourselves too?
Getting enough sleep, exercising, and eating right will only get you part of the way there. The rest is mental because our jobs are so cerebral. I’m curious about the mindsets that will help us take care of others without detonating ourselves in the process.
In this vein, I found a quote by the late NCAA Coach, John Wooden, that resonates, “success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made an effort to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”
H/t Billy Oppenheimer’s Six at 6 on Sunday newsletter.