I think that it’s important to learn how to relax and rest. Today’s society is so high-energy, get it now, do as much as you can, multi-task… that many people simply don’t know how to relax. I am called the “King of Relaxation” by my friends because I make it a point to take the time to not only set and achieve goals, exercise regularly, etc. but ALSO to relax, take time for myself, eat well with home-cooked, well-prepared food, communicate IN-PERSON often with friends (which in the age of text, blogs, email etc. seems to be becoming a lost art), enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities (in other words, while I’m very passionate about fitness, exercise and wellness, I think it’s important to get away from it from time-to-time and enjoy some of the other pleasures in life), read and write as part of self-reflection, and any other way that I can enjoy life’s simple pleasures.
Besides exercise and proper nutrition, I also get yearly doctor’s check-ups, a monthly massage, practice yoga once a week and use the foam roller daily. I encourage all of my clients to participate in these same activities.
I also try to get 7-9 hours of sleep each night, read and participate in activities I enjoy on a daily basis. These things help me relax and unwind from the daily stressors of life. I encourage all my clients to do the same. To find activities they enjoy and to share these things with others.
I also go to church each week to refuel my spirit and journal when the feeling arises to clear my mind. As my life gets busier each year, I’ve found these two things becoming more important. They help me prioritize my daily, weekly, monthly, yearly tasks/goals. They’ve also provided me with opportunities to brainstorm new ideas.
Whatever helps a person to be their best self is what we do and preach. We make time for the balanced exercise and diet, to keep us at our peak performance for our individual lives.
There is no one answer, since my clients and I all enjoy doing so many different things. We balance our daily routines to make room for the priorities.
Enjoy being your best self.