How are you?

Seriously, how are you doing?

Take a moment to think about your answer…

Steph and I talk a lot about the unique balancing act of nonprofit leadership. Every day there are new hats to wear, new cats to herd, and new stressors to balance. And for many of us, the most challenging balancing act is caring for ourselves while also caring for our organization and its mission. 

It takes a toll on our mental and physical health.

When was the last time you participated in something that had nothing to do with work or family – you know, like a hobby? When was the last time you saw your doctor or dentist? When was the last time you rested without guilt? 

OK, we are going to reset that this year. I am not always big on new year resolutions, but I LOVE the start of a new year for setting new goals and learning new habits.

So, even if you are doing pretty good on the self-care scale, check out our resource and see if there aren’t a few new habits you can cultivate. We have given you four ideas to focus on in each category – daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. Print it out and stick it where you can see it each day to remind yourself that you are worth it and that you need to do some things just for yourself.

As a bonus, think about those long days when you write that grant proposal or report or prepare for the board meeting. Each hour, remember to: 

    1. Take a break: Get up and move if you have been seated. Sit down and rest for one minute if you have been on your feet all day.
    2. Invite calm: Take four deep breaths, count to four as you inhale and again as your exhale.
    3. Check-In: Do a quick body scan from head to toe. Is everything ok?
    4. Hydrate: Grab a glass of water before you start up agai

And, let’s take care of each other. As Amelia Nagoski, the author of “Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle” states: “The cure for burnout is not selfcare, it is all of us caring for each other. We can’t do it alone. We need each other.”  Join our online community. Reach out to your coworkers and other nonprofit leaders and check in with them. Share this blog post and the pdf resource attached.

As a nonprofit leader, you have a big job that creates big impact; if you’re not well, you’re not well for others. Steph and I are here to assist you in your leadership journey and help you when you need a little extra support. We’ve been there and get it! Feel free to reach out to us in those times or bounce ideas off us and engage one-on-one.

Explore the website to learn more about our services OR join our online Community of nonprofit leaders. We’re here to lift you up and help you achieve your goals!