Deeply Rooted: A Wellbeing Resource for Leaders
From a resource by Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries
Sanctuary Mental Health Ministries helps the Church to support mental wellness. They have published 'Deeply Rooted: A Wellbeing Resource for Leaders during Coronavirus' - designed to allow you to reflect on self-care in the midst of a season that may feel overwhelming, exhausting and isolating.
We all maintain our health and self-care through multiple means, and the last weeks will have disturbed our equilibrium and disrupted our usual strategies for self-care. It’s therefore vital that we take an honest look at how we are doing to see if any adjustments need to be made.
As whole people in God’s creation, this involves paying attention to our physical health, our relationships, and our daily routine. It also involves fostering a sense of curiosity. When we’re tired, our willingness to try new things is often reduced, and we can default to coping mechanisms which, although easy, may not be healthy. Curiosity can open us up to explore new, healthier ways of coping and being. For this reason, a loss of curiosity is one of the greatest challenges to our wellbeing in lockdown.
You might also be feeling a diminishment of your needs: “Others have it worse. It’s my job to hold it together. If I just keep going, I’ll be fine.” This type of self-talk may lead to an emotional disconnect and needing to maintain a stance of consistent positivity for others.
Given these and other challenges, many may be reaching their limits, experiencing lethargy and sleeplessness. Those who were exhausted prior to the pandemic may be experiencing such symptoms acutely.
The Deeply Rooted resource will help you recognise the risk of burnout, invite you to connect with your experience, and encourage you to implement practical steps toward wellbeing.
Deeply Rooted can be read individually or used as a discussion guide with small groups. It can be completed at one time or in a series of sessions.
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