In a world that is constantly moving and constantly asking us to give our time and energy to others, it is so important to also make time for ourselves. Self-care is not selfish, it is essential. And we can learn a lot about self-care from two incredible young women who know a thing or two about giving their all and incorporating wellness into their lives: Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka.
Here are some lessons workers can learn from these athletes about incorporating wellness into their lives.
1. It’s okay to say no.
Both Biles and Osaka have had to learn how to say no to demands on their time and energy in order to focus on their training and wellbeing. As Biles has said, “I’ve had to learn to be okay with saying no and not feel guilty about it.” We can all benefit from learning to set boundaries and prioritize our own needs.
2. Balance is key.
Both athletes have also spoken about the importance of finding a balance in their lives. Biles has said that she tries to find a balance between her training and her social life, while Osaka has spoken about the importance of taking time for herself away from the tennis court. By finding a healthy balance, we can ensure that we don’t burn out and that we can enjoy our lives.
3. It’s okay to ask for help.
Both Biles and Osaka have spoken about the importance of asking for help when needed. As Biles has said, “It’s okay to ask for help. I have a great support system, and I know I can’t do it all by myself.” We all need help from time to time, and there is nothing wrong with admitting that.
4. Prioritize your mental health.
Biles and Osaka both recognize the importance of taking care of their mental health. As Osaka has said, “I think the biggest thing is just being honest with yourself and making sure that you’re okay.” It’s important to check in with ourselves regularly and make sure we’re taking care of our mental health.
We can all learn a lot from how Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka take care of themselves. By making self-care a priority, they’re able to perform at their highest level and set an example for the rest of us. So, the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed or burnt out, take a page from their book and make time for some self-care. Your mind and body will thank you for it.