In a world where jumping from one intense, in-depth project into another is the norm, you need to give yourself time to acclimatise – otherwise, before you know it, your brain will be in overdrive, while your body is running on empty. When working with a new team or client don't expect everything to be perfect from the outset or insist on spending hours of over-time in the office until it is. Just as you are getting used to a new working environment, so are others around you, so aim to be patient and allow yourself to come up for air.


A healthy body is the key to a healthy mind. Whether it’s boxing or yoga, Tai Chi or running, keeping fit and taking time out to focus on something other than work is of utmost importance when it comes to your mental health. Tapping into your competitive side is a good way of ensuring you take exercise regularly; and make sure you set yourself goals: why not sign up for a marathon?


Or get your PA to do it for you. While your job undoubtedly requires your undivided attention most of the time, it shouldn't be your world. Build your home and social life into your schedule and make sure colleagues know not to contact you (or at least not to expect a response) during this 'slot'. While it might take some getting used to, having a life away from the office (your smartphone counts here) means that if something should go wrong at work, all will not be lost.

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