The past weeks have been filled with a lot of travelling, from Germany to Canada, back to Germany, now in Finland and soon off to Spain. Many people have said “It must be nice to travel so much” (to a certain extent I agree), but it has been just as exhausting because travel does not equate to rest.
The travel has been exhausting, the jet lag absolutely brutal, my sleeping rhythm is completely out of whack, and all the running around has left me feeling BURNT OUT and in desperate need of some rest and recovery. As I am writing this, I am getting prepared to take a full 10 days away from work and from my laptop (which truthfully feels like an extension of my arms the past few months).
Growing up I was taught that you must work hard to earn the opportunities you want in life. My parents taught me this with good intentions, teachers repeated it, and the sports world reinforced this idea tenfold.
The greatest players and all the inspiring and motivational movies depicted success as: being the hardest worker in the room at all times, early morning trainings, late nights studying game tape, pushing your limits, emptying the tank, and dedicating all of your finite resources to the game.
Hard work, dedication, commitment, persistence, grit, and resiliency. These are all important ingredients to becoming an elite level athlete. But there is one crucial component these stories consistently missed the target on: the importance of rest and recovery.
It is easy to fall into the trap of working hard to get ahead, in hopes of our coach or boss noticing us and promoting us to the next line or project or to feel like we are contributing to our teammates. Being busy and working endlessly has become a warped stamp of approval that we are worthy and important.
But constantly burning the candle at both ends shows up in our performance over time. It happened to me in university, it has happened to many of my teammates and colleagues, and it continues to show up in the sports and business worlds on a major scale.
Taking time to rest and recover is the best thing you can do for your mind, body, and career – whether you’re an athlete or a corporate employee. By intentionally setting time aside to rest you allow your mind and body to replenish its resources, which will ultimately allow you to perform better when it matters most.
Here are some ways you can be intentional with your recovery:
- Take a rest day from training
- Meditate/breathwork will help relax the body and reset and restore clarity your mind
- Go for a walk in nature
- Sleep more or take a nap
- Unplug from screens
If you’re feeling burnt out and need mindset strategies to help you recover, check out our Braking Burnout Masterclass.
Take the time to recover. You’ll thank yourself later.
– Coach Taylor