People ask me a lot about how to perform or recover more effectively. My resounding response is to slow down.
Most people in our society today run from task to task with little time devoted to recovery or stress relief. I have been guilty of this fact many times, but I am making a concerted effort to fight against this tendency. So many times I have jumped from task to task after task while in the Army and started going after the next in a long line on endless tasks without taking a moment to take care of myself. After 10 years in the military, deploying, redeploying, commanding units, as well as many other things I was completely burnt out. after a lot of soul searching and reading I have incorporated the following 5 key focus areas into my life to help me respond to stress in healthier ways. This is by no means an all inclusive list, but if you’re looking for somewhere to start in this COVID ridden, stressed out situation of an election year, this is a great foundation to start with examining your life. This is a brief description of these topics and over the next month I will continue with deeper dives into each area.
Sleep, activity, mobility, meditation, nutrition
First and foremost is SLEEP. Revitalizing a difficult sleep routine is the simplest method to increase everyday function, but it can be difficult to change poor habits.
Here is a photo of the Northern Lights I took in Svalbard, Norway last winter, it was -30 and trying to get pro mode on my phone was a trip, but this photo was worth it to me.
Stay tuned for additional posts on being healthier by slowing down.