Serving You: wrapping up my day with caramel bedtime tea
the importance of recovery
So the Wunder Woman can only be so super for so long! It is very important to take the time for recovery and mental + physical relaxation. Ideally it is the best to incorporate this into your every day routine and like all habits all it takes is some practice and consistency to incorporate this kind of work into your daily routine. First, the problem with putting off recovery….
I recently had a very large deadline coming up and spent all of my waking hours in my dingy on-campus computer lab, the only location that had access to the software I needed to use. While I was successful in completing the project and being very happy with my final product, after turning in the project, all of the energy in my body whooshed out in one swipe. After all of the adrenaline and focus my body was hit with a brick wall in need of recovery. I’ve made up for my lack of small portions of recovery with a couple of very lengthy afternoon naps. While this does work if your schedule allows, it would have served me to give myself little portions of recovery spread out versus a major catch up period needed to feel like a functioning human again.
here are some things that you can try...
This is really just breathing! It is taking a moment to sit still, sit in silence, and think about nothing other than your breath going in and out. 5 minutes is all that you need!
Not necessarily signing up for a yoga class but rather allowing yourself a 5-10 minute stretch session at your lunch break to refresh and reset after sitting at your desk all morning.
3. No technology
Choose post work activities that do not involve a screen, after all we stare at the computer all day!
4. casual social
Not to reference closing down the bars in downtown with your best friend (although that is always an unforgettable experience) but instead inviting a friend over for a casual dinner and a glass of wine. Talking, laughing and enjoying good food will give you a nice break from alone time.