A couple years ago when I got a stress fracture right before leaving to train at the Olympic Traning Center (OTC) in Colorado Springs, I found myself in the orthopaedic's office. Needless to say, I was very very very disappointed about this injury. In my mind, it couldn't have happened at a more ill-opportune time. Here I was primed and ready to head to the OTC and I found myself in the doctor's office with a boot and on crutches = not fun!
Although I couldn't see beyond the injury, my doc did. She cared about the injury, but she cared MORE about figuring out the reasons WHY behind the stress fracture. So the fracture happened--that's the event--the symptom. But what's the cause? What precipitated the fracture? What aggravated my body to its literal breaking point?
Thank goodness this doc wasn't afraid to get in my business. She rolled up her sleeves, looked me square in the eyes and here's how the conversation went:
Doc: Do you take a day off?
Me: Well you know, sort of....like "active" recovery days where I only do this and this and that...so yea, that's my "day off."
Doc: God created the world in 6 days and RESTED on the 7th. You can do the same.
I hated hearing that, but also felt freedom in it. It was like I now had an excuse to escape the go-go-go lifestyle. The doc--a M.D. just gave me a prescription to sleep more. Cool!
Some people would think that Rx is easy to carry out, but to some people who are trapped in a busy lifestyle with a performance mindset (all about productivity, achieving, being your best all the time...), this is probably one of the hardest instructinos to get: REST. SLEEP. RECHARGE.
For some reason, some of us think we are super-human and can do it all, all the time. We run ourselves ragged--we run ourselves to the literal breaking point.
Get some rest. Take care. Sweet sleep. Zzzz.
Helpful "sleep" site I ran across that you might like from Columbia University in New York: http://sleep.health.columbia.edu/take-sleep-assessment
Remember: if we don't take care of ourselves,
we can't take care of anyone else.