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Strength sappers

Take a timeout to ponder what’s siphoning off your strength day by day, in an effort to recognise and pre-empt your pitfalls, become aware of negative mindsets and bad habits, and kickstart your revival

1 Chasing perfection

Perhaps you’ve always had an idea of the ‘perfect’ life: an amazing partner, two children (a boy and a girl), a big house, fantastic holidays... Then, life throws you a curveball: an injury forces you to rethink your career, or your partner develops depression. Perfectionists struggle: ‘How can I go forward with this less-than-perfect life?’ With this mindset, seeking perfection keeps us in a state of paralysis, the opposite of real strength, which is about growth and progression. Perfectionists may appear to be productive characters, but sometimes you can fail to fulfil your potential in the pursuit of perfection. This is because you’re too scared to give things a go, in case you’re not good enough. Failure is a crucial part of building resilience. A good start is to ask: ‘Where can I find the compromise?’

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If you're feeling depleted, out of sorts and ready for a holiday, then this issue is for you. Our 18-page dossier on how to renew your strength shares scientifically proven ways to fill up your tank and keep it full. If you’re hitting the beach but want to revolutionise the way you see yourself, turn to page 46 and learn about the new mindset to adopt to finally find peace with your body. This month, we invite you to train your brain to think differently but we also invite you to sing, dance and play. Why? Because it’s not only good for your soul, it’s good for your health. Learn how the arts can help you live a long, happy life. Here’s to a long, happy summer!