Recovery/Performance Tip: Stress

It’s important to recognize that stress can have a huge affect on your performance and recovery. If you are going through a stressful time and everything else is in order (nutrition, sleep, hydration), stress alone is enough to mess with your mind and body. This in turn can affect your workouts and your recovery.
If you’re dealing with a lot of stress, the first step would be to pinpoint what factors are causing it. These stressors will normally fall into one of two groups – things you can control and things that you can’t.  Try to let go of the things you can’t control so you can focus on things you can.  Now that you’re focused on the things under your control you can develop a plan to deal with them. Sometimes just having a plan can help you feel more in control and help reduce stress.
Remember, stress is a normal part of life. Accepting this, letting go of the things outside of your control, and working on the things under your control, can go a long way to reducing the amount of stress you feel.


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