When I’m low on energy, exercise recharges me. It also relieves stress. A vigorous workout restores perspective and helps me release concerns that had seemed deserving of worry.
— Tom Gegax
People who exercise regularly have fewer illnesses.
— Bernie Siegel
Refresh that part of you that is most wearied. If your life is sedentary, exercise the body; if stirring and active, recreate your mind.
— Thomas Fuller
Those who think they don’t have time for exercise will sooner or later have to find time for illness.
— Edward Stanley
When our minds race so rapidly that we don’t know which way is up, it often helps to get physical. It may seem ironic, but it works. As you focus your energy on a physical task, the traffic in your mind will begin to thin out.
— Dr. Suzanne Zoglio
It is the unoccupied space which makes a room habitable, as it is our leisure hours which make life endurable.
— Lin Yutang
The real problem of your leisure is how to keep others from using it.
You were intended not only to work, but to rest, laugh, play and have proper leisure and enjoyment. To develop an all-around personality you must have interest outside of your regular vocation that will serve to balance your business responsibilities.
— Grenville Kleiser
There can be no high civilization where there is not ample leisure.
— Henry Ward Beecher
Besides baseball, I’ve always been involved in leisure sports. I’ve always felt there is a great deal to be gained in playing them. It’s a great release. It’s fun. It’s exercise. It’s a good way to get away from stress. Everybody should have a release, something to clear the mind and a way to find a little enjoyment and peace.
— Yogi Berra
Taking care of yourself physically really helps emotionally. People who get a lot of sleep, who do the things that relieve stress, can withstand a lot of stress.
— Laura Bush
The rest I get every evening and on days when I limit physical activity is just as important to my mental and physical health as exercise. Every night, I strive for at least eight hours of sleep to allow my body to reset from the day’s events and stresses.
— Dana Rader
Early to bed and early to rise,
Makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
— Benjamin Franklin
When we rest at night we relax our muscles, but we also restore energy and balance to our nervous and immune systems. This recharging helps us to feel sharp and responsive, and allows us to problem-solve and retain our critical thinking and decision-making power. It also allows us to ward off illness and disease.
— Dr. Paul Donahue
A lot of men wear sleep deprivation as a badge of courage. What happens, though, is your judgment disappears and your perception is impaired. Three-Mile Island, Chernobyl and the Exxon Valdez are all examples of sleep-related accidents. To remain healthy and be at your peak, you need about 8 hours of sleep per day. Einstein slept 10 hours.
— Dr. Rubin Naiman
I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.
— John D. Rockefeller
To win, you must treat a pressure situation as an opportunity to succeed, not an opportunity to fail.
— Gardner Dickinson
Getting fired from a job may be a good opportunity, because it’s a chance to start fresh and get a better job – that’s the only way to look at it.
— Yogi Berra
It is never too late to be what you might have been.
— George Elliot
You can always build opportunity out of tragedy.
— Thomas Edison, on his warehouse burning
Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.
— Paul Hawken
If you find that you are overwhelmed with responsibility to the point of mild insanity, learn to give yourself a “time-out.”
— Joan Lunden
Don’t waste alone time. If for some odd reason, I find myself alone in our house, besides shouting “Whoo-hoo!” in my head, I resist the urge to do something productive. This is not the time to throw in a load of laundry or tidy up the house. Instead, I do something I can’t do when the kids or my husband are home.
— Laura Stack
True silence is the rest of the mind: it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.
— William Penn
A warm bath, massage or a little pampering can go a long way toward making the week’s tensions melt away. Listening to good music, eating sumptuous meals and relaxing with friends can also help restore balance amid the frenzy. These feel-good experiences can help sustain us in the long run.
— Dr. Paul Donahue
Pressure usually represents opportunity.
— Jimmy Connors
I like added pressure. It makes me work harder.
— Mary Lou Retton
Pressure is neither good nor bad. You can convert pressure into negative tension and worry – or positive expectation and enthusiasm. It’s a choice you make yourself.
— Edge Keynote
You never will be the person you can be if pressure, tension and discipline are taken out of your life.
— James Bilkey
It’s important that you don’t fear pressure: You should embrace it. It brings out the best in all of us. You want it every day of your working life. You want to feel that each day you are under a microscope, that you are involved in something that’s important.
— Rick Pitino
For ongoing optimal energy, invest in something you love every day. Even a few minutes of pure bliss can keep you uplifted. Let’s face it, you’ll never find the time to do as you wish; you have to make the time – maybe in little chunks.
— Suzanne Zoglio
Pampering yourself is a requirement for peace and happiness.
— Susyn Reeve
Schedule a day of pampering. You need time to yourself to relax, refresh and rejuvenate. Do what you love, whether it’s a manicure or a massage or a bike ride or a round of golf. The money invested is well worth the decreased stress level you will experience.
— Laura Stack
You need regular time to be alone, to reflect, to sit quietly. You also need time to talk privately with your spouse or friends. For a short break, go to the bedroom for a nap or soak in the tub. A fifteen-minute time-out can revitalize you.
— Judy Ford
There are a lot of burned-out moms losing the joy of being a parent because they feel guilty about taking the time to receive. Moms feel like they are supposed to sacrifice everything for their families, and I understand that point of view. But, at the same time, if you’re not taking time to receive – body, soul and spirit – eventually you won’t have anything more to give.
— Lisa Whelchel