We are going to wrap up this series with self-care or more specifically mental self-care. This is probably the most overlooked factor among all the previously mentioned factors of recovery.
I’ve seen many athletes who’ve got their routine locked down. They eat really well, monitor their sleep, follow a good workout program and still seem to be run down. After all those are checked off, I usually ask what they do to take care of their mental health.
For different people there are different solutions here. Some people like to read outside. Some enjoy working on projects with their hands. Many turn to meditation and breathing exercises to strengthen their mental health. Whatever it is for you, it’s important.
Don’t get this confused with relaxing. Not all downtime leads to refreshing yourself (Sorry, Netflix isn’t going to cut it!). You need to come away feeling mentally clear and ready to focus.
Mine is trail running. Yes, that sounds more like a workout but I don’t track the time or distance, I stop whenever I want to enjoy the view, and I keep the pace very moderate so when I come out of the trees I feel like a new person!
If you don’t know yours yet, it’s time to start experimenting with some different way to clear your head. Mental stress can wreak havoc on our bodies, from hormone imbalance to cardiovascular health. If you’re on top of the rest of your recovery game but still feel like you’re drained, it’s time for some YOU time!
I hope this series has helped you have a better understanding of recovery. If you have any questions, please do not hesitant to reach out. I’m always happy to talk health and fitness!