Sitting in front of the outdoor fire on this warm Breezy Sunday morning reminds me of just how important it is to take a break from working hard to reset your body and mind.

It’s incredibly important to take regular breaks to rest your mind and body so that you can come back stronger and perform better at whatever you’re doing. I used to think that I could go and go and not have to worry about resting because of my determination levels, but the older I get, the more I’m recognizing the need for balance between hard work and rest. I can remember several examples of times when I didn’t get enough rest things didn’t go well for me. For example, one time I deleted an entire blog that I had created during a panic attack. I worked hard to build that blog over the course of nine months, and I deleted it in a split-second by pressing a button – something I regretted horribly for a while after.

When we don’t get enough rest, we can sabotage our progress and prevent ourselves from reaching our goals, whatever they are.

Here are three ways to make sure you’re getting enough rest and are performing at your best:

1. Notice when your mood starts to get more negative than usual

This one can take self-awareness to recognize. Sometimes we don’t know when we’re starting to become more anxious and more depressed or negative, but the good news is that you’re going to learn from experience as your self-awareness builds.

2. Make sure that you’re eating healthy meals frequently throughout the day

Eating regular, healthy meals every few hours will ensure that your insulin levels remain as stable as possible, which will help your moods remain more stable.

3. Make sure you’re getting some form of exercise a few times per week

This can be anything you like doing as far as physical activity is concerned. It doesn’t have to be super intense or anything like that – the key is to get physical activity of some sort several times a week, which will help you sleep better. Doing something you actually enjoy will increase the odds that you’re going to continue doing it over the long term, which will keep you healthy and doing well in every area of your life since your body and brain will be well rested and optimally functioning. It gives you the best daily chance at success and overcoming challenges that may pop up.

As with everything, remember to be gentle on yourself if you skip a meal or miss a workout. The important thing is that you get back on track the following day and don’t fall off, going back into bad habits that can result in exhaustion, negativity and poor mental and physical health.

The more you’re honest with yourself and take responsibility for in every area of your life, the more you’re going to see Improvement and fee in control of your future. As someone who completely changed my life around I say this from personal experience. Self-awareness and honesty are two crucial factors toward a deeper sense of success, satisfaction and fulfillment in life – there’s no doubt about it.