Most of us have our hands full with zipping off to work, looking after the kids, seeing our mates and taking care of the house. And while it's not a game of one-upmanship to see who can do more, there should be one more thing you can squeeze in - being kind to yourself and making sure you're looking after your wellbeing. Alright, make that two.

If your first protestation is "I don't have time", one way of looking at it is that it's a matter of prioritising. Look at your wellbeing as a necessity - it's not like buying shoes. In the same manner that you would definitely have a shower, sleep and eat, taking time to regroup and give yourself space to think is as important as those traditional 'necessities'.

Arianna Huffington, The Huffington Post's founder, says: “Basically, success the way we’ve defined it is no longer sustainable. It’s not sustainable for human beings; it’s not sustainable for the planet. To live the lives we want, and not just the ones we settle for, the lives society defines as successful, we need to include the third metric."

In today's world, female actors, authors and politicians are among the busiest people in the world. How do they manage to carve some me-time out for themselves?

Take a look at their thoughts and quotes on the subject:

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  • Miranda Kerr

    Miranda Kerr has a "vision book", to keep herself focused on her dreams and ambitions. "I have pictures of places I would love to go, people I hope to meet, things I would like to do and even pictures of friends and family that I pray will remain in my life for as long as possible," <a href=",6767" target="_blank">she says, talking to Body and Soul</a>. "I find it really uplifting to look over the images and focus on them as being part of my future.''

  • Susan Sarandon

    Speaking to <a href="" target="_blank">The Daily Telegraph about her tattoo</a>, she says: "It stands for A New Dawn A New Day." "It's supposed to remind me that if there are disappointments or mistakes, the next day I can just start again. One of my strongest attributes is being able to change direction when I'm given the gift of something I didn't anticipate." She's also a fan of meditation, adding: "It helps me chill out and focus."

  • Hilary Mantel

    “If you get stuck, get away from your desk. Take a walk, take a bath, go to sleep, make a pie, draw, listen to music, meditate, exercise; whatever you do, don't just stick there scowling at the problem."

  • Eva Mendez

    "Meditation really helps create not only a sense of balance but serenity and kind of a calm state of mind."

  • Oprah Winfrey

    "The one thing I want to continue is to centre myself every day and make that a practice for myself. Because I am one thousand percent better when I do."

  • Eveyln Stevens

    The Olympic US cyclist is a big fan of yoga, saying: "I love it—it helps mentally, physically, and I think it's helped my strength."

  • Gemma Ward

    The model says: "Do meditative yoga for 10 minutes every morning. When you have a problem, whether it’s road rage, your guy or work."

  • Katy Perry

    "I get a lot of ideas when I’m resting – either when I’m meditating or getting some kind of work on my back, like physical therapy or acupuncture. That’s where I get my best ideas because I’m balancing my body."

  • Gisele Bundchen

    "If you are happy, you can give happiness. If you don't love yourself and if you are unhappy with yourself, you can't give anything else but that."

  • Michelle Obama

    Michelle says on the subject of taking time out: "Go for a walk with a friend or with your family. These small changes can impact your health and wellness, and set a good example for your kids."

  • Hillary Rodham Clinton

    Work-life "is not a women's issue, it is a human issue and a family issue," Clinton said at the 2012 National Work-Life and Family Month Event. She added: "Even though we love our work, and that we as a nation, as a society, have to try to be more supportive of that."


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