If you exercise or even if you don’t, rest and recovery is vital for maintaining overall health.
That could be rest/recovery for your mind if you have a high pressure job, are feeling stressed or have a busy schedule.
Or it could be rest/recovery for your body if you exercise, carry your children around, sit at a desk all day, have an active job etc.
A reactive person pushes their mind and body near it’s limit before taking action.
They take a rest day from exercise when they are physically exhausted. They dose up on vitamins and supplements when they feel under the weather. They do some stretches or book a massage when they ache or are in pain. They wait for an issue to arise then take action to combat this … and the cycle starts again.
Does this sound familiar?
Whether you are aware or not, it’s likely that you do this with some elements of your life. It’s not an intentional decision to ‘neglect’ your health but it highlights the need to practice mindfulness.
When you hear the word ‘mindfulness’ you may think of meditation or a focus around mental health, but for me, mindfulness is simply being aware.
Being aware of how you are feeling both physically and mentally. Being able to recognise triggers that could lead to burn out (physical or emotional). Having a ‘mind body connection’ meaning you are aware of how your body is functioning, how you move when you exercise, how you are sat at your desk, in your car etc.
If you start by just being aware, you can begin to build habits towards being more proactive in your approach to rest and recovery.