Rest Day for Psychological Recovery
Putting together an effective workout routine means handling everything from your sleep to your food to your mindset.
These all interact in complicated ways but we know they rely on each other. Good muscular performance requires two things: rested muscles and a nervous-mental system that is ready to use them.
Protein and calories and sleep do the first part. But what about your mind?
First, there’s some overlap. Sleep and food can really help support the recovery processes and tell your body/brain “hey, we’re doing okay, lets build some more muscle”. Proper fuel means proper performance – mental and physical.
Second, finding time to take a rest day to gear down and relax is essential. You spend all your time getting wound up in the gym – give yourself some time to wind down. Whatever works for you – yoga, hot baths, mindfulness and meditation, walks in the woods – do that.
Finally, manage your training anxiety. Not everything needs to be an all-out, balls-to-the-wall workout. The more you hype up, the more anxiety you’re dealing with. Some exercises and workouts are about finding love in movement and the process: you don’t have to go “beastmode” all the time!
Take time for yourself, your recovery, and let yourself unwind on your rest day. It’s important for health and performance, and you’ll probably love life that little bit more. Simplify and relax!