Over the past year and a half or so, I've learned the power of an hour. Depending on your perspective, 60 minutes can seem like an eternity or the blink of an eye; regardless, it's an increment of time that I'm challenging you to dedicate to yourself.
We talk a lot about self care on this site. Reading, meditating, working out, and spending time with family or friends are all options that we've presented. But in reality, it doesn't matter *what* you do with your time, so long as you take it.
The world of sports is fast-paced and exciting, but it's easy to feel like you need to be on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Picture this, however: even if you were on call seven days a week for 365 days a year and you took ONE HOUR out of your day for yourself, you'd gain back 365 hours. (If you do the math, that's technically more than two whole weeks!)
I'm challenging you to take one hour out of each day and dedicate it to yourself. I prefer quiet time or an hour in the gym, but the point is for you to truly disconnect from work and enjoy something else -- whatever that may be. And the biggest key? Put down your phone. Honestly, just turn it off or leave it in another room. If you're truly in a position where you need to be on-call for emergencies, the iPhone has an amazing function where your "favorites" can still reach you even when your phone is on "Do Not Disturb."
One hour per day, that's all I ask of you. It might not seem like a lot, but I promise it will make a difference in your life.