What can we learn from Simone Biles?

Recently, Simone Biles has been a trending headline as she took a step back from her gymnastics competition in the Olympics. Most likely, you have already read and thought about it, as many people are chiming in with their thoughts on Simone Biles. It raises the question, was it OK to take care of her mental health? Yes, I am not going to take any space in this post to make a justification for that, she deserves the respect and dignity to trust her and her own decisions for her mental health.

This post is instead about you and me. When is it OK for us to take a break and to take care of our own mental health? While we may not know the ins and outs of Simone Biles’ life, and we surely know less than we think we do, we can still take away some principles for ourselves:

  1. Mental health is health. When reports started coming out, I was struck by the fact that they used the word "medical," and then I heard several people assume it was a physical injury. Medical includes mental health, and there is no longer any distinction between mental health and physical health coun