I have a number clients who are high achievers, business focussed, & have very busy work lives. Due to the nature of their job this can impact on both home life & personal wellbeing.
Whilst at certain times it might help to have a blast workout, there are times when some well needed ‘down’ time is needed even more.
A lot of us feel pressure or stress & there is no doubting it’s impact on our overall health.
Some people cope with it by having a good outlook & physical release, whilst others don’t cope at all well & it can bring about a number of both physical & mental conditions.
Stress can actually be a positive thing, as to a lesser of greater extent we can thrive on a certain level. It’s when stress flows over in an uncontrollable manner, that it can have a negative impact.
So where am I going with this?
I heartily encourage you to listen & evaluate your own personal needs – to be mindful to use a very ‘on trend’ word.
Balance both movement & ‘stillness’. So yes be active by doing sports, fitness, & by moving as much as possible, but also balance that out with rest, recovery, meditation & ‘ just being.’
Sometimes when clients come in I can see that they are clearly ‘wired.’ Yes sometimes a high intensity workout might help but other times a restorative PT session is needed.
So I might do progressive muscle relaxation, where you tense & relax through the major muscle groups with soothing music & relaxed breathing. Other times I might just do partner stretching to release muscle tension or use foam roller & tennis ball to release pressure points.
Clearly it’s doing whatever helps you at that moment & being aware of your own needs at that time.
I encourage you to take some time this week to quieten the mind, be still, & focus just on ‘being.’ This sounds quite simple but actually how often do you do it?
The power of doing this cannot be under estimated. Be still. Connect with yourself.