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Harvard University graduate Sammy Murrell says taking the time to rest has improved his quality of life and, as a result, his academic and athletic performance.

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Harvard University graduate Sammy Murrell says taking the time to rest has improved his quality of life and, as a result, his academic and athletic performance.

EDITORIAL: Southland’s Sammy Murrell delivers the right message at the right time when she advocates for the value of rest and relaxation outside of work.

Taking the time to relax is not to make fun of the disciplines necessary for success, it is to recognize what they are.

As a FIFA Women’s Under-20 World Cup footballer and now a Harvard University graduate, the young Southlander speaks from personal experience as well as educated insight.

In her case, it wasn’t until a stimulating engagement with a mental health therapist converged with her neuroscience studies at Harvard that she moved beyond the mindset that high performance is achieved through engagement. narrow to “work, work, work”.

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A lot of us talk about a good game when it comes to invoking the need for work-life balance, but then we behave like this really is an ideal state, the elements recreation is only expected when hard work finally pays off in pikes.

False, false, false.

This kind of balance is not a goal to achieve at the end of a journey, it is the only way to progress in the journey that we are on. Work hard, be healthy, set goals, take breaks.

This was a point made last year when a group of top professional athletes either succumbed to or walked away from the corrosions of life under pressure without refreshing.

Some like gymnast Simone Biles and tennis player Naomi Osaka did so in a way that encouraged others, while young rower Olivia Podmore was tragically unable to rebalance her life.

It is not just the sporting elite who must recalibrate themselves.

Far too many of us are working excessive hours, and even when we enter what should be our periods of rest and relaxation, we are constantly connected to our work.

That’s not what the good guys, or even the half-decent bosses, want – it has long been recognized that a renewed workforce is a better performing and more resilient workforce.

In recent years, France, Italy, Spain and Ireland have passed “right to disconnect” legislation to prevent employers from claiming the right to interfere with people’s private time.

At best, this could be a safety net, but there is also evidence that much of the stress is often imposed by employees who fear problems will form a traffic jam if they turn their backs entirely on their work duties.

Their need to feel on top of their job means their job is above their life.

The laws will not regulate that. What is needed is a broader cultural shift away from the workaholic lifestyle, and a better appreciation not only of the need to relax, but of how to do it as well.

We often sacrifice sleep, which, according to a mountain of modern research, has cost us dearly; interfere with our ability to think clearly, react quickly and concentrate well.

The news for people deprived of sleep is also bad when it comes to mood, stress hormones, blood pressure, and cardiovascular health. And, unnecessarily, worrying about not getting enough sleep is one of the things that can make us spin and turn all night long.

So, these many sleep tips these days on relaxation, pre-bedtime rituals like putting aside electronics for a bath or reading, and exercising (but not right before bed) are worth it. to be diligently investigated.

It is not an easy thing to come out of an over-stimulated and undernourished lifestyle and our circumstances will not be the same. But Southland is a province with rewards for those who charge both actively and passively, and it’s geographically compact enough that the options are fairly easily accessible.

It is a place well suited to a lifestyle of doing well during working hours, enjoying life outside of work, and then being in a better position to enjoy it at work as well.


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