Presidents are people, too. Whether ecstatically lauded, crushingly criticized, or a bit of both, presidents are held to a different standard, simply because they are on top. They got there through a combination of smarts, skills, persuasion, emotional intelligence, and the funds to run for office. Part of a president’s secret to success, as with any great leader, is the ability to handle stress effectively.
We all need to take recesses from work, wind down, and revive – these are healthy ways of balancing our lives. And while we tend to think of presidents as round-the-clock workaholics with thousands of subordinates, in fact, they are no different than anyone else in their need to de-stress. To highlight this point, in 2014 the Huff Post reported on how presidents relax: Obama exercises 45 minutes daily (cardio plus weights), eats dinner with his family, and at times unwinds with a novel. In the past, Eisenhower golfed, Hoover went fishing, Kennedy breezed on his sailboat with Jackie O., and Lincoln secluded himself in a remote cottage.
In addition to finding time to recharge, here are some other characteristics of presidents that you can take on too in order to cope with stress, and succeed more because of it.
No matter what job, living situation, social life, or family status you might have, there is always going to be some stress involved. Since Presidents’ Day is around the corner, let’s use our countries’ leaders as examples of how to lead balanced lives, handling or preventing stress in a routine fashion. Happy Presidents’ Day, to all of us!