Iconic investor and billionaire Warren Buffett has given us a plethora of useful advice to demonstrate the core business and life principles that help us achieve success.
Obviously, it has worked for him as well. At 90-years-young, Buffett’s inspiring common sense works, if you apply it daily. One nugget of wisdom relates to something we all need as business leaders, but few actually practice regularly: self-care.
“You only get one mind and one body. And it’s got to last a lifetime,” Buffett once said. “But if you don’t take care of that mind and that body, they’ll be a wreck 40 years later.”
More specifically, it’s what we do right now — today — that determines the path of how our mind and body will operate into the future.
The case for self-care
Buffett is not exactly the model for proper nutrition, as his frequent visits to McDonald’s are well documented. But taking care of your mind and body is serious business for functioning at an optimum level. To heed Buffett’s rule of self-care and reap its benefits — especially acquiring the right mindset — we must learn some daily habits.
1. Get more sleep
Sleep guru Arianna Huffington, the founder of the Huffington Post and Thrive Global, attributes her success to giving up her sleep deprivation for eight hours of shut-eye: “When I get eight hours, I feel ready to handle anything during the day without stress and without paying a heavy price in terms of my own health and my own mental well-being,” she says.
2. Play more (at work)
According to Stuart Brown, M.D., founder of the National Institute for Play, and author of Play, science has shown that playful ways of work lead to more creative, adaptable workers and teams, which is essential for innovation. He argues that play is a “biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition,” and adds that “we are designed by nature to flourish through play.”
3. Stop overthinking
Being a leader requires decisiveness and quick thinking. However, overthinking every decision will not serve you well. Overthinking causes us to get stuck in a cycle of inaction, which triggers analysis paralysis. Now you’ve entered the terrain of stress-induced anxiety, as worry becomes debilitating and causes you to move backward, not forward.
Embrace uncertainty instead. Acknowledge its presence and accept the fleetingness and brevity of the situations you’re facing. Be of the mindset that uncertainty will bring with it some benefits, like unleashing your creativity and helping you to be more resilient.
4. Focus on positive thoughts.
If you’re feeling anxious, move. Literally, move. Go outside and get some fresh air. Put on your favorite relaxing music while going for a brisk walk. Try to take your mind away from what’s bothering you. Focus as you walk on your breathing and positive thoughts that will make you feel safe, accepted, loved, and honored. When you’re at homeostasis, reflect on how fortunate and blessed you actually are.
While these strategies for mental and physical wellbeing may stretch beyond Warren Buffett’s original mantra, it’s noteworthy to remember that, at his age, the billionaire investor remains mentally sharp and in terrific physical health.