The best thing that you can do to process today and prepare yourself for tomorrow is recover. The concept of recovery is an essential part of our mindset training here at Compete to Create. One of the primary ways that we help you to better recover mentally, outside of simply sharing information on why it is important, is teaching you how to track your habits. Tracking recovery habits is extremely important to understanding the impact of recovery. We can list of the benefits all day long, but what truly makes a mark is when you can see the difference in yourself depending on how you recover each day.
There are some primary pillars to daily recovery: sleep well, eat and hydrate well, move well, think well. But there are three habits that we pick out of the bunch and like to focus on tracking: sleep hours, sleep quality, and amount of stress per day. And through our Finding Your Best online course, we go in depth and provide interactive tools for tracking and logging these habits. Keeping a log of these habits and routines is a simple way to let yourself know how you’re doing. It’s an effective method used to actually see the progress within yourself, whether you’re in mindset training or not, and actually have a reference to link it to. It helps guide better daily decision-making.
When you look at these tracked habits, they tell a story about mental change and about recovery…about how you’re doing on a daily basis. And once you start interpreting these patterns you will be able to manage stress better, get through your day easier, and have a more fulfilling sleep strategy. Ultimately, this is going to help you in the long run.
Normally, in everyday conversation, we discuss recovery as a final step— something that comes at the end of a process. But we, at Compete To Create, consider recovery an integral part of the process itself. You’re ability to recovery after each day of existing can say alot. And you should use information not as an afterthought, but as an effective insight into how you can adjust your daily decisions to improve and better your mental state.
The reality is that effort is baked into our 21st century culture and how we look at achievement, living, working, and progress. But many people are right on the edge of overtraining and under-recovery– not realizing that there is a balance to be actualized somewhere in there. Being under-recovered for an extended amount of time isn’t only a potentially damaging habit, it’s not at all the path towards high performance. We aren’t suggesting that hard work isn’t a part of the process–there’s no replacing it. But it’s about finding the right mix between effort/stress and recovery. If you’re interested in our interactive recovery tracking tools, consider enrolling in our online course Finding Your Best.