I'm constantly trying to work at getting more recovery time into my daily life. My greatest success has been my soothing Sunday evening routine:
- Attend a restorative yoga class (i.e., an hour of long stretches and trying not to take a nap in a warm room)
- Take a candlelit bath
- Listen to a relaxing, happy podcast
- Stretch and foam roll
That sounds so cliché and so darn luxurious, but it really sets me up for success. I know not everyone can afford the time or expense or solitude of some of those list items, but this is my plea to you to work at scheduling stints of recovery time into your week. Stretching at your desk, taking a short walk, putting in earplugs for an hour, maybe budgeting for a massage: All of these things can make a huge difference in your mindset and (so important!) in staving off injury.
Food for thought!