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Simone Biles withdrew from Tokyo 2020 for mental health, how do you know if it's time to prioritize personal care over success?

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The decision of the gymnast Simone Biles teaches us that perhaps the true success is in being happy with the medals won, and not in sacrificing mental and physical health to go for one more.

American gymnast Simone Biles shocked the world for the second day in a row during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics . Yesterday she withdrew from the team competition due to physical problems, and on Wednesday announced that she will not participate in the individual women's all-around , USA Gymnastics reported. The athlete's decision is driven by "mental health" reasons, which again puts a question on the table: how do we know that it is time to pause our quest for success to prioritize self-care? ¿

At 24, Biles made it to the Tokyo Olympics as the highest-profile athlete on the United States team. He is the face of the Games for NBC, he must fulfill the obligations of several sponsors, and he was also a central figure in the case against Lawrence G. Nassar, a doctor for the American gymnastics team accused of abusing several athletes, including Simone.

Of course, she was also the big favorite to win the gold in the individual gymnastics all-around , which would take place this Thursday, the same competition in which she swept in Rio 2016.

It should be remembered that that year Simone Biles was crowned the American gymnast with the most gold medals achieved in a single Olympic Games, after winning four gold medals: team all-around, individual all-around, jump and floor. However, this time he took a step back.

"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the individual women's all-around competition at the Tokyo 2020 Games , in order to focus on her mental health," USA Gymnastics announced in a statement via Twitter.

"Simone will continue to be evaluated on a daily basis to determine whether or not she will be able to participate in next week's apparatus finals. Jade Carey , who obtained the ninth best mark in the qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around," announced the organization.

“We fully support Simone's decision   and we applaud your courage in prioritizing your well-being. His courage shows, once again, why he is a role model for so many, "the statement concludes.

In his remarks, Biles said that he reached the Olympics in good shape, but was dealing with some problems that were getting more difficult every day. He explained that therapy and medications generally work, but that high stress situations make him scared and unable to handle his emotions.

The gymnast confessed that four or five years ago she would have competed despite the risk of injury or ignoring her mental state. However, maturity changed his perspective.

“Today something happened to me like: you know what, no, I don't want to do something stupid and hurt myself , ” explained Simone Biles . “It's just not worth it, especially when you have three amazing athletes who can step up and do it. It's not worth it ” .

Mental health is ALWAYS a priority

For many people, whether they are entrepreneurs or employees, it is easy to ignore the signs that something is wrong emotionally, and focus on achieving their professional or business goals. They think that it doesn't matter much how they feel, as long as they keep doing 'productive' things.

Some signs that you should give more importance to your mental health and perhaps pause on your way to success are:

  • You find it difficult to focus on your tasks and that has reduced your productivity.
  • Thinking about your work to do causes you panic or anxiety attacks.
  • You are no longer excited about new projects in your area.
  • Every morning you have a harder time getting up, especially when you think about going to work.
  • You just stopped being happy with what you do.

Knowing when to retire to take care of your mental health is not a failure , it is just a respite to reorder and move on, even if it means changing course.

The name of Simone Biles is already written in golden letters in the history of the Olympic Games, gymnastics, sports and the United States, she has nothing more to prove. His decision teaches us that perhaps the true success is in being happy with the medals won, and not in sacrificing mental and physical health to go for one more.

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