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Balancing Stress and Recovery
Are you giving yourself time to recover from stress?
“My views on this come from periods of my life when I'd been an athlete and coaching athletes,” shares Shane. “How you improve performance as an athlete is through stressing yourself—working out hard, pushing yourself beyond your comfort zone and your limits—but then also allowing yourself to recover from that. You break your muscles down. That's when they heal, and they heal back stronger by allowing your body to rest and recover. And I think this principle really applies beyond just physical, but the mental and emotional as well.”
Watch the video to learn about the balance between stress and recovery and how to apply this concept to the different areas of your life.
You think about the big buckets of activity in your life. I kind of put them into three buckets of your work and your career, your relationships, your family, those really important friendships and things to you, and then yourself, the things that you do to really just take care of yourself and improve yourself and your identity and your confidence and all those sorts of things. And I think this principle from athletics and training of stress and recovery applies to all three buckets of life.
And so, people have this negative connotation around stress, like, "Oh, I want to avoid stress." No, you need stress. You don't improve unless you stress yourself. You've got to get out of your comfort zone. Push to that point where it's hard, and it maybe hurts a little bit. You've got to have levels of stress in your life if you're going to get better, but you've got to allow yourself to recover.
As I think about balance and this cycle of stress and recovery, one of the neat things is that the activities that build your muscles in one bucket are things that provide recovery for another. And so, if I am working really hard in my job and my career, and I'm spending a lot of time and intense focus and effort and all those sorts of things, the time that I spend doing things that build relationships, you know, spending time with my family, having really good conversations with my friends and my spouse and all that, all those things that kind of build those relationship muscles are things that help me recover from the stress that I'm putting myself in my career. Things that I do that kind of flex those muscles for myself, that feed myself, that help me in that area provide recovery for the other areas as well.
And so, that's what I think about when I think about balance, is how do I have healthy levels of stress, and then how do I leverage the three big parts of my life to provide recovery so that I'm improving in all three areas?
Shane Jackson is president of Jackson Healthcare, a family of 17 companies and 1,300 associates specializing in temporary and permanent healthcare staffing. Since taking the role in 2013, he has consistently led the nearly $1 billion ...
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