Mindful Leadership Expert Pandit Dasa reminds us that self-care is not selfish and here’s why
Self-care is not selfish. We have to put our own oxygen mask on before we can help others. This is not selfish!
It’s vital that organizations create greater awareness around mental health for their employees and encourage individuals to take a day or two to recharge their batteries.
Taking care of our physical, mental and emotional health has to become an absolute priority for us, otherwise there will be serious consequences later down the road. No one has the right to make us feel guilty for taking time to take care of ourselves and especially our mental health.
Admitting that we need a mental health day or that we are struggling with our mental health can make us look weak but it’s about time that we destigmatize issues concerning mental health. We’re not embarrassed to go to a dentist or any other type of doctor for medical treatment then why are we embarrassed about seeking help from a mental health professional?
Taking care of the body but ignoring the mind is like taking your car to the car wash but not servicing the engine. This is not a very sustainable strategy. The mind is pretty much the most important tool that we have and requires as much, if not more, care than the physical body.
Here are some ways to improve our mental health:
– Proper sleep (6-8 hours is ideal)
– Eating healthy (including more plant based options)
– Cultivate positive relationships
– Meditating (even if it’s for 1-2 minutes)
– Exercise (lots of options on how to do this)
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Pandit Dasa is a Mindful Leadership Expert. He has spoken on Mindful Leadership and conducted workshops at Google, IBM, JPMorgan Chase, Citi, State Farm, Bank of America, Nationwide, Intel, Novartis, The World Bank, UBS, Royal Bank of Canada, AMC Theatres, UNICEF, Bank of Montreal, Harvard, Columbia University, and many other institutions. He has also presented at the World Government Summit in Dubai, the national SHRM convention, SHRM Arkansas, Oracle HCM conference, ATD, LEAD and the WorkHuman Conferences.
At his workshops, Pandit presents the research on Mindfulness and explains the importance of leading by example, appreciation, communicating mindfully and managing one’s emotions. He also engages the audiences in various breathing and focusing exercises that individuals will be able to implement at work and at home. Through these workshops, Pandit helps individuals develop positive leadership qualities, lower stress and anxiety, increase focus and productivity, and boost emotional intelligence. Pandit has spoken at a TEDx conference and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Psychology Today and writes for The Huffington Post.
In his book, Urban Monk, Pandit writes about the turning point in his life that came after his family lost their multimillion-dollar business, which ultimately led him to living as a monk for 15 years in New York City. He uses his training and experiences to help corporate and student audiences manage stress and develop a work-life balance.
Pandit‘s speaking topics are:
- Principles of Mindful Leadership
- Developing Resilience During Change
- Stress Management for Work-life Balance
- Communicating with Compassion