LEARN TO INVEST IN YOUR SELF
At Leading From Within, we teach leaders about the importance of taking care – not only for the sake of their organizations, agencies, staff, and services – but more importantly for themselves. We must learn how to best meet our own needs before we are able to care for the needs of others.
Self-care is not a nice-to-have. It includes the ways we invest in our self and the presence we bring to every interaction – with our colleagues, our staffs, our children, our significant others, our friends, our lives. Without proper self-care, our relationships are not as strong, the quality of our thinking isn’t as good, and we are more susceptible to getting sick. We often find ourselves feeling the victim of our circumstances rather than the designer of our own lives.
– Ken Saxon
Below are some practices thought-out by our founder and Board Chair, Ken Saxon, on how to provide a little structure to your well-being.
Tips From Our Network
Below are personal practices created and shared by our program alumni and participants.
Ali Cortes | Self-Care "Playlist"
“While our organization is certainly doubling down on electronic communication, I set boundaries to maximize my time outside and away from a screen. For my self-care, I limit my ‘information intake’ from national news to local emails, to honor that I have hit my limits of screen time and external information and challenge. Instead I work to set socially distanced outside meetings and connect with my yard and garden in a deep, refreshing and replenishing way.”
“In these challenging times, I found myself embracing some of my own challenges rather than trying to fight them. I tried experimenting with different ingredients, recipes, and surprisingly, it has been more enjoyable and satisfying than I had ever expected!”
“I got back to my outdoor running habit after the fitness centers closed back in March. I really enjoy my runs and the distraction-free time (almost meditative!) in our beautiful surroundings. Besides, while my run trails are thankfully pretty empty when I run, observing other runners / bikers / walkers also thoughtfully practicing recommended physical distancing as much as I do has also brought about more appreciation for others and a feeling of safety while exercising responsibly outdoors. All in all, I feel grateful to be able to do this.”