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Taking an all-star break

Taking an all-star break

Taking an all-star break

By Published On: June 28th, 2024

What if we embraced the concept of an all-star break, like athletes, and permitted ourselves to step away from our daily grind?

Summer is here, and with it comes warmer, longer days and a sense of relaxation, fun, and adventure that can be hard to resist.

It’s a season that allows us to enhance our overall well-being.

Summer is a time to escape our routines and a crucial period to recharge and realign our minds, body, and soul.

Studies have shown that taking a break can improve your overall mental, physical and social health by increasing happiness and instilling a more positive outlook on life.

How?

Enhanced Mental Well-beingA break helps combat burnout and physical and emotional exhaustion often caused by prolonged stress. Taking time off allows your brain to recover, boosting your creativity and problem-solving abilities when you return to your routine.

Improved Physical HealthThe benefits of a summer break extend beyond mental health to physical well-being. When a strict schedule does not bind you, you have more time to focus on self-care and healthy habits. This can include getting more sleep, engaging in physical activities, and eating more varied/nutritious meals.

Play is a powerful tool for rejuvenation. Whether swimming, hiking, or playing a sport, these activities can significantly improve your physical health. They enhance cardiovascular health, strengthen muscles, and increase flexibility. Moreover, spending time outdoors boosts your vitamin D levels and uplifts your mood.

Strengthened ConnectionsSummer offers a perfect opportunity to reconnect with family and friends. We often neglect the importance of maintaining strong personal relationships in our busy lives. Taking a break allows you to spend quality time with loved ones, strengthening bonds and creating lasting memories.

Whether it’s a family vacation, a weekend getaway with friends, or a simple barbecue in the backyard, these moments of togetherness can deepen your connections and enhance your support network. Strong relationships are crucial for emotional support and overall happiness, making this one of the most valuable outcomes of taking a summer break.

Looking back to look ahead A break is also a perfect time for reflection. Look back on what you’ve accomplished so far this year, and consider where you want to go next. Setting new goals for your health and well-being can be incredibly motivating. When you return from your break, you’ll have a clear direction and renewed enthusiasm.

So, instead of sticking to the same old routines this season, why not let curiosity be your guide? Exploring new activities and embracing a sense of wonder can lead to a healthier, more vibrant you.

Taking an all-star break this summer isn’t about giving up; it’s about giving yourself the space to grow.

It’s a chance to recharge, gain new perspectives, and return to your regular schedule with a fresh, invigorated spirit.

I’m taking a break from writing my Play of The Week to focus on doing just that.

This summer, make a conscious decision to prioritize your well-being. Take that much-needed break—it’s not just a luxury; it’s a necessity for a healthy, balanced life. You deserve it!

See you in September!

Your coach and friend,

Jan xo

PS: Whenever you are ready, here are 3 more ways I can help you PLAY for life:

  1. Click here to grab a copy of my best-selling book, The Play Book: How To Get In The Habit Of Good Health.
  2. Join the FREE 7-Days of Healthy Habits Course that can help you starting today.
  3. Do you want to work with me on your wellness goals? Click here to book a call and discover exactly what that can look like.

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About the Author: Janet Omstead

To re-ignite people’s passion for play (movement) to fight chronic disease while improving their quality of life as they age.

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