Our bodies and our minds need adequate rest and renewal to stay fit for the long haul, in fact this is essential if we are to consistently perform well.

By adopting this belief, we are more likely to carry out a regular fitness routine, implement a clear boundary between work and down-time, ensure we get enough sleep, and taking a complete break from work on holidays.

Athletes know the formula of “stress then rest” for increasing stamina and honing muscle, so how about applying that principle to develop stamina for the demands of modern life? Exercise benefits nearly all aspects of your health. Not only does it help control weight, it also improves mental health, mood, chances of living longer, and the strength of your bones and muscles.

Making time to unwind and enjoy life is also an important part of maintaining good health. Deep relaxation, like meditation, when practiced regularly not only relieves stress and anxiety, but also is shown to improve mood. Deep relaxation has many other potential benefits as well—it can decrease blood pressure, relieve pain, and improve your immune and cardiovascular system.

Prioritising yourself is not an indulgence – but an investment in your well-being.

‘It takes courage to say YES to rest and play in a culture where exhaustion is seen as a status symbol’
-Brene Brown