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One of the qualities that makes a good leader is empathy, but this skill is inhibited when you don’t feel emotionally well. High stress, depression, and other factors that inhibit your mental health are negatively impacting your ability to lead effectively. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to maintain better emotional health.

Develop Workplace Friendships

It can be awkward or unethical to develop close bonds with the people on your team, but you should have someone to lean on in your organization. This will give you support from someone who better understands your situation because they work within the same company. Try to find a confidant who is also working in a management capacity and choose someone you trust. 

Take Mental Health Breaks

It’s important to take time to yourself each day. This is especially necessary on days when you feel overwhelmed with work or when everything seems to be going wrong. Making the time to go for a short walk or to meditate quietly in your car will help you regain your composure. Sometimes, just five minutes to yourself is enough to help you recharge your energy.

Get More Exercise

If you don’t do something to relieve stress, it will continue to build up and cause serious health problems. When you physically exert yourself, your brain will release “feel good” neurotransmitters called endorphins. When these endorphins are active, they combat the stress hormones in your body. This is why you feel better after a workout, and it’s the best reason to go for a run before work. 

Improve Your Financial Situation

Your financial health will also affect your mental health. Look for ways to reduce your expenses, pay down your debt, and bulk up your savings. In doing so, you’ll be in a much better position if you face an economic downturn. That sense of security may be enough to boost your emotional health. 

Once you begin following practices for maintaining your mental health, you’ll begin to feel more alert, energetic, and hopeful. This will make it easier for you to relate to your team and lead them effectively. In addition to doing better in your role as a leader, following good mental health practices will also help you feel happier and more content in your personal life.

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