I’ve talked about rest days on here before and how important they are to your recovery. But I’ve never talked about the other side of rest days that are equally important.
Our minds are working like crazy around the clock. Between social media, counting macros, structuring our workouts, our jobs, and everything in between, we very rarely just take time to completely decompress.
I’m a major advocate for mental health. Many of you probably don’t know that I’ve struggled with some pretty bad anxiety throughout my life. I won’t get into it now, but learning to let go and stop thinking so much has been the biggest help to my mental health.
Sometimes we just need to allow our minds to rest. No, you don’t need to meditate (but you can). Just dedicate time to doing things you truly enjoy, and push all the other bullshit to the side for a bit. It’ll be there when you get back.
On my rest days, I don’t count macros or focus on my diet at all. They are mental rest days for me too. Day in and day out, I’m thinking about my food consumption, getting enough protein, etc, and taking just one day off every week to free my mind of that constant thought is necessary for me.
In business, you don’t need to be so hardcore and refuse to take breaks. You’re allowed to relax, and you don’t need to work every hour of every day. You know how your best ideas come to you when you actually step away from your work (especially in the shower)? That’s not a coincidence.
Allow you mind to take a break sometimes. Whatever it is that consumes your thoughts, put it to the side and focus on other aspects of your life that make you truly happy.