Recently, after some extensive travel, coupled with some crucial deadlines, and compounded with the pressure of several must-win presentations, I found myself in desperate need of some Recovery. It reminded me of the checklist we put at the end of each section of Sink, Float, and Swim. Even though I was swimming before I started this very challenging time, I found myself staring at this list and realizing that I had slipped into being a floater. After speaking to so many executives about the critical need for Recovery, I found this not only humbling but very frightening. By looking at this list, I quickly changed my Recovery behaviors and I’m happy to say, I immediately felt the benefits. This made me think, maybe this list would help you too.
You have Recovery habits to swim if you:
- are aware of where your stress comes from and proactively manage it to avoid becoming overwhelmed.
- frequently reflect on how you feel and what makes you feel good.
- consciously plan Recovery time for every day because you recognize this as a sign of strength and working smart.
- often find things to make you laugh or smile each day.
- take power naps if you are tired during the day since you recognize their importance as a tool for sustainable high performance.
- sleep close to eight or nine hours on most nights and go to sleep at the same time almost every night.
- rarely go to sleep after 10:30 pm and never do work in your bedroom.
- have a ritual or routine to wind down before going to sleep and habitually use it.
- plan for fun time in your day, week, month, or year.
- take your vacation days and use them for fun and regenerating activities, and rarely, if ever, work on your time off.
- implement relaxation techniques when you feel any sign of tension.
- are aware of your breathing patterns and their impact on your autonomic nervous system and frequently use them to help you reduce your stress and tension.
- use a relaxation technique to focus before almost all of your presentations or must-win events.
- are aware of the role of relaxation and Recovery on your brain performance and strategically use it to improve your creativity, passion, and focus.
- effectively integrate your Performance Mindset, Performance Nutrition, and Performance Movement habits with your Performance Recovery strategies.
I’d love to hear your personal stories of how these Recovery strategies impacted you.
By Jogi Rippel
CEO // Founder