Sometimes the most urgent thing you can possibly do is take a complete rest.
I believe rest & relaxation is important. I think my natural tendency is to go overboard with regimentation and structure in life, particularly work, training, and eating.
Sometimes, you need a break. I try not to be too regimented about that, although my wife and I are on a cycle of a major vacation every 18-24 months with at least one beach vacation per year. Our major vacations are packed with activities, while the beach is packed with sunscreen, t-shirts, an umbrella (I’m pasty Irish) and plenty of books.
I try to take a week off from training every three to four months. I find that when I take a break from training or life, I have a renewed energy when I return to my routines. My brain has a lot of catch-up time to process the events from the previous months. Life and my priorities become more clear.
With that, I’ll return to my rest and relaxation and write about this again another time.