There are six proactive recovery hacks every busy person needs to know and act on asap
What is a hack?
It’s a small, incremental lifestyle change to improve your energy, health, performance, and wellbeing.
We are now accustomed to being “on” and available for most of our “24 hours,” seven days a week, in our technology-driven world. We now have access to more information and opportunity and the ability to achieve our goals faster than ever before in human history. That dynamic has created a performance-addicted culture, where people are driven not only by technology but also by thinking that keeps them going virtually nonstop until they can’t.
Performance addiction is the only addiction you will ever be rewarded for until you can’t keep up that level of human performance anymore. Before you know it, you’re tiring out, burning out, and coping with stress in ways that create more stress, not more energy, and it wears you out.
This relentless drive for success destroys your health, and traditional healthy living alone will not solve that problem. With so many demands on your time and energy, the conventional approach to healthy living falls short.
Healthy eating and exercise alone will not address your thinking, overwhelm, or the constant tiredness and fatigue preventing you from reaching your goals with your health and wellbeing intact. Especially in the second half of your work/life when it matters most.
These conditions require a lifestyle strategy for first and foremost managing your energy, including but certainly not limited to how you eat and exercise.
And that starts with proactively recovering energy because not enough sleep alone for too many of us begins the onset of lifestyle diseases, which account for 85-95% of all illnesses.
So in 2021 and beyond, particularly now that we are slowly coming out of the pandemic, we need a new lifestyle approach, one that is more comprehensive and keeps us free from developing lifestyle-induced diseases. These are also the preexisting conditions, so many people faced unsuccessfully with Covid 19.
We must get our needs met amidst the flurry of ongoing activity we all have to adapt to today, which requires us to step up, make changes, improve, and ultimately optimize the way we live.
To navigate today’s performance-addicted culture, we need a “performance lifestyle,” a whole new proactive lifestyle mindset and skills set that traditional healthy living does not teach, so we can achieve even our most ambitious goals while living in balance with vibrant health and peace of mind.
That’s a highly coveted set of skills in a world that can leave you overstimulated and under-recuperated, overfed but undernourished, super busy, but physically inactive, and makes fatigue, weight, mental and physical health degradation a foregone conclusion. Developing a performance lifestyle that works for you, not against you, is essential and the key to your longevity.
At REGENUS CENTER, we maintain that philosophy and want to help you change how you think about energy, which is equal to, if not even more crucial than, nutrition and exercise—and ultimately help you optimize your lifestyle.
If we need one thing, it’s more energy to succeed and sustain a long life in today’s world. We are committed to helping people manage their energy and empowering them to engage in healthy performance practices to live their best lives. Again, that starts by sharing proactive recovery methods that will help you stay grounded and powered-up in this crazy, hectic, yet beautiful life.
Here are six recovery hacks to get you started right now.
1- Prepare for sleep
The national sleep average is 6.5 to 7 hours (actual time in bed) per night, which means less exact sleep time. Given how much energy we spend during the day, that’s not enough; it’s a virtual guarantee that you will suffer from stress, pain, and fatigue.
To address that, it’s clear you have to increase your total time in bed and take action to improve the quality, quantity, and consistency of that sleep.
Start by winding down your workday earlier, even if that means you are still working but exerting less energy. Yes, you have to prepare for bed; you can’t work too hard, let alone late and expect to go to bed without eating even further into your sleep time, as you try to wind down. Let’s say you want to go to bed at 9:00 o’clock, you need to prepare for bed, even if you are still engaged, starting at 5:00 pm. Technically, how you do your whole day, determines how you are going to sleep.
2- Get Out of The House/Office
A simple change in environment can do wonders for your mood and energy levels.
Make a point to get outside every single day.
It doesn’t have to be a full blow excursion but just enough to soak in some sunlight and fresh air. Do so for approximately 15-20 minutes.
3-Nurture Your Skin with Clean Products
We all want to fight aging and look our best. Just as we should be nurturing our bodies with clean food, we should also be pampering our skin with clean products. Our skin is our largest organ and serves as a protective barrier to our vital organs. We absorb 60% of what we put onto our skin, and so many products contain harmful chemicals. Our favorite clean, personal care brand is Primal Life Organics. They’ve got clean products for both men and women from mouth & body to face & beauty to supplements!
4-Put Your Thoughts On Paper
If you are constantly feeling forgetful, it’s probably because your brain is clearly overloaded.
When our minds are overwhelmed with 1000 things at one time, it is easy to lack mental space to remember things, like what you walked into the garage for.
Taking a few moments to write down your most important tasks or projects for the day will help get them off your mind to make room for other things you need to remember.
5- Take A Power Nap
Strong scientific evidence shows that our brains benefit from a brief period of actual sleep (a nap), not just a quiet period, to recover from fatigue and to help restore alertness.
Both short (15-30 minute) and long (1.5-hour) naps can increase alertness.
During the daytime, a brief nap is recommended.
- Set an alarm for 15 to 30 minutes to wake up
- Lay down on a bed or a cot if available
- Put on an eye mask and ear plugs
Naps are a temporary help to improve alertness, not a replacement for getting regular, adequate sleep at night.
6- Allow for regeneration period
Of course we are here to tell you that coming to Regenus Center to do the whole-body red light therapy or Photobiomodulation or Infrared Sauna or Lymphatic Compression, is the ultimate destination for recovery…because it is! It is hard to argue that relaxation, detoxification, natural pain relief, and heart health will heal and prevent illness. Whether you do coming in the morning for an energizer boost or in the middle of the day to avoid a food coma or at night to relax your mind and body to sleep better at night, find time to escape to Regenus Center for an uninterrupted regeneration and proactive recovery period.
We hope you have found at least one useful nugget to help in your own journey towards longevity and optimal living. We’ll leave you with a compelling quote from Dr. Michelle Robin, on the importance of investing in yourself:
“You only get one body and it needs to be maintained. You can pay as you go, or your body will send you a bill later.”