What do we mean when we say “personal and relational wellness,” and why are they important for you as a leader? And how can you develop habits and routines that will help you stay healthy personally and in your relationships?

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We continue in our Wellness Series with this conversation about both personal and relational wellness. If you missed part 1, be sure to go back and listen to Episode 48.

Staying Healthy as a Leader: Personal Wellness

What do we mean by personal wellness?

  • Our minds, our intellect
  • Our emotions
  • Our mental health

If I’m feeling overwhelmed, it’s often because I’m not taking good care of my personal wellness.  Neglecting our personal wellness can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health concerns.

It’s important for you to know where your baseline is and be aware of this, especially when it comes to mental health so that you know when you may need additional support.

How we can take care of our personal wellness as leaders:

  • Doing things that help you to de-stress on a regular basis.
  • Managing our emotions.
  • Self-awareness–recognizing your own baseline for emotional and mental health. It takes a lot of self-awareness to figure out what things actually rejuvenate you and what things don’t.
  • Regular rhythms of rest; having a Sabbath and times when you do not have work or a to-do list. Episode 260 of the Carey Nieuwhof Leadership Podcast with Ruth Haley Barton addresses the issue of busyness and the need for rest as leaders.
  • Taking our thoughts captive.
  • Reaching out for additional support from professionals.

Holly and I both share some examples of how we stay healthy personally.

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Staying Healthy as a Leader: Relational Wellness

Relational wellness means the health of your most important relationships. In Episode 15 – we talked about Healthy Relationships 101, and we really dove deep into our framework for how we see this topic. The health of our leadership is directly impacted by the health of our relationships.

How we can take care of our relational wellness as leaders:

  • Invest in your most important relationships; make space for these people.
  • Creating rhythms and routines for your closest people.
  • Develop friendships and mutually support one another.
  • Grow in relational skills and/or address specific concerns (communication/conflict, mentoring, stepparenting). See the list of episodes below for episodes that address these areas.
  • Don’t live in unforgiveness. It is not easy to forgive, but it important to work towards that in all relationships.
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We discuss some of the habits and routines we have created to keep our relationships healthy.


As a reminder, all 4 areas of wellness are interconnected. We need to be intentional about our personal and relational wellness because things naturally deteriorate rather than improve. And finally, don’t try to focus on changing everything at once.

Want some help figuring out how you are doing with your wellness? We have a quiz for you!

Take our FREE Healthy Leadership quiz to evaluate your spiritual, physical, personal, and relational wellness.

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