7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Convey is an excellent resource on how to become the best version of yourself. In his list of habits the very last one sticks out the most, and I believe is crucial to living a healthy, well balanced life.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Sharpen the Saw means preserving and enhancing the greatest asset you have—you! It means having a balanced program for self-renewal in four main areas of your life: physical, social /emotional , mental, and spiritual. Sharpening your saw keeps you fresh, and able to handle challenges that come your way. Without renewing yourself you can become easily drained, lack motivation, have a weakened body, heightened emotions, and insensitive spirit, not somewhere we want to be.
Feeling good doesn’t just happen over night, it is something we have to work , and plan ahead for. Start by looking at your schedule. Are there things that you can let go of? Do you make time for things that matter most to you and fill you up instead of drain you? Write in your calendar and set aside time for family, workout, reading, or any special projects etc. that you want to do and treat it like an appointment. Get in tune with your body and know when you need to refuel, or tune up your schedule. Make small attainable goals for yourself and put them on your calendar. Make time to take care of yourself, you will be amazed at how better you feel in the four main areas of your life.