We’re all in a never-ending war against stress. Our lives today are so full of demands from work, school, family, friends and society at large that we feel crushed under the weight of responsibility and the fear of falling short.
What if you fail the test, lose the game, under-deliver on that important project or never meet the man or woman of your dreams? All of these thoughts, combined with the immense amount of work required from you each day can leave you feeling nervous, distracted, antsy, anxious and even a little nauseous at times.
What’s the solution?
First, what the solution is NOT.
It’s easy to get caught up in the emotions of stress and entertain the idea of running away. Whether it’s quitting your job, dropping out of school or ditching the relationship, trying to eliminate stress can seem like a good idea, but it’s not the answer.
In fact, you need stress. It’s one of the most important growth factors in your life and without it you would stop improving. Even worse, your life would be at risk of losing its sense of excitement and fulfillment.
Overcoming the odds, conquering your fears and stepping out of your comfort zone all contribute to feeling like your life is going somewhere. Growth is fulfilling. What’s the catch? You can’t have it without stress.
So what’s the key?
According to Dr. Jim Loehr, a world-renowned performance psychologist, there’s a much more important factor at play.
What is it? Watch this short video to find out.
If you don’t have the three minutes required to watch, here’s the quick truth. According to Loehr, the real problem is “the insufficient volume of recovery to balance stress.”
He goes on to say, “if we simply increase the volume of recovery but keep the volume of stress at the same level, what happens? We actually get stronger because of the exposure to stress and we tolerate it more effectively because we in fact have enough recovery to balance it.””
Now Go Recover
It’s easy for some of us to get so caught up in performance and to-do lists that we completely forget to schedule time for rest and recovery. We think we’re maximizing our time and getting more done, but we have been deceived.
In reality, we are weakening our resilience to stress, depleting our energy reserves and putting ourselves on the road to burnout.
Now that you know the missing ingredient, how will you increase recovery?