6 ways to relax - no matter how important you are...

by Evan Davies, Chief Executive - QLD | |   Personal Success
6 ways to relax - no matter how important you are

Chief Executives are prone to exhaustion and health problems because of the long hours they work, the amount of travel they do and the level of pressure they are under on a daily basis. Managing stress, however, can mean avoiding burn-out.

I have talked before about the importance of keeping the batteries fully charged.

I canvassed some of our members at a recent Syndicate meeting to collect their thoughts on the best ways to relax and manage stress. They all agree it takes a concerted effort to step away from the desk, but the upside of doing so is invaluable, as long as when we are relaxing, we are indeed relaxing, so when we are working, we can really work.  

Every CEO I talked to emphasised that whatever the relaxation pursuit, it should be something that is possible during a hectic working day. Here are 6 tips from some of our very busy members on how to clear your head and regularly recharge:

  1. Unplug

    Making yourself available 24/7 exposes you to a constant barrage of stressors that prevent you from refocusing and recharging. Block out time during the week when you do not answer your phone calls or look at e-mails. Designate specific times for responding to e-mails and returning calls.

  2. Exercise

    Getting your body moving for as little as 10 minutes reduces stress. It is also an excellent way to think of new ideas. Whether you are running, cycling or going to the gym, exercise leads to endorphin-fueled introspection. The key is to find a physical activity that you can fit into your routine.

  3. Time with family and friends

    Spending quality time with your family and or friends is essential if you want to recharge and relax. Take your kids to the park, share a meal with your spouse, friends and family, and visit your parents.

  4. Sleep

    Sleep has important effects on health and well-being. Even a 15-minute nap can have a dramatic impact on reducing energy and stress levels.
  5. Play

    A regular round of golf with friends will work wonders in pushing executive pressures to the back of the mind. Likewise, playing any sport, music, or even playing with your kids can help release stress.

  6. Pursue a hobby

    Focusing on a hobby diverts your attention from all that you have been dealing with in your day.

    Ideally by relaxing, you will have an improved mental outlook and a reinforced positive attitude, both of which are crucial elements for any successful CEO.

What do you do to relax?

The CEO Institute was founded in 1992. It is now Australia's leading membership organisation for CEOs and senior executives. It provides a forum for over 1,000 Chief Executive members to connect and share their learning with each other. In 2011, The CEO Institute became the world’s first global certification body for CEOs, and in 2013, partnered with UNESCO in support of the "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education". In 2014, they began offering their programs globally.
The CEO Syndicate is an exclusive peer support network for CEOs. The first meeting of The CEO Syndicate program was held in Melbourne in June 1992. Offices were opened in Adelaide in 1996 and Sydney and Brisbane in 1997, with Perth launching in 2007. In 2015, the New Zealand office opened.
The Future CEO program is a certification course designed by the business leaders of today for the business leaders of tomorrow. The first Future CEO meeting was held in Melbourne in May 2012. In 2014, the "Future CEO Scholarship Fund for Women" was established, and continues to be offered today.

Membership of The CEO Institute is by invitation only. To register your interest click enquire.

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