Top of Mind: 6 Ways to Keep Your Mind and Body Fresh

UPDATED: May 24, 2024
PUBLISHED: April 15, 2016

I’m a firm believer in exercise and fresh air. Even if I don’t have time for a full workout, getting outside and moving every day is so important for the mind, body and soul. And feeding my body good, wholesome foods and fresh juices, while also indulging in life’s sweeter things (brownies!), is also important for balance.

—Jeanne Hoffa, founder and CEO of Coast Public Relations

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I believe that keeping your mind and body engaged on different subject matters is important. If you work in tech, read a book or do a project on something unrelated, such as cooking in your free time. Oftentimes the knowledge gained in other subject matters even cross pollinates to your main area of expertise without you even thinking about it. As long as you’re keeping your mind open to new ideas, I don’t think it will ever get stale.

—Josh Holat, co-founder and chief technology officer, StageBloc


I talk with people who inspire me, because we come up with a fistful of crazy ideas that we swear to follow up on after we conquer countless other arenas. Breathing on the Earth under a million stars always lures my thoughts towards how one day I’ll be dead but how marvelous it is to be alive in the meantime with my very own body and my very own mind to do with as I wish.

—Nancy Hua, CEO of Apptimize

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I bucket things into two categories: 1. Stuff that I can’t control, 2. Stuff that I can control. If items fall into Category 1, I put that concern away as something intellectually interesting and detach emotionally. If items fall into Category 2, I either attack it immediately or put it on a work queue to be tackled in time. Reducing uncertainty means reducing anxiety.

—Geoff Woo, CEO of Nootrobox

Sleep! We live in a culture that glorifies all-nighters and partying ‘till sunrise. Not getting enough sleep is the most common cause for being off your A-game. Be realistic with yourself. If eight hours a night sounds crazy, shoot for seven. But set the intention and respect it. You’ll thank yourself later.

—David Yarus, Founder, JSwipe


It’s important to work out and make healthy lifestyle choices. My clients and team do not get the best from me if I’m not taking care of myself. I am conscious about what I put into my body, and I want to keep my energy level high. Drinking lots of lemon water and hot tea—as well as taking 30-45 minutes to break a sweat every day—is very important to me. I can clear my mind during those minutes while I work out.

—Jessica Hagen, president and managing partner of Experience Events Group

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This article appears in the May 2016 issue of SUCCESS magazine.

Jesus Jimenez is a staff writer for Dallas Morning News. He eats, breathes and sleeps Texas Rangers baseball. He also enjoys running, traveling and buying cool socks.