How many of you regularly check up on yourselves? I'm talking about taking stock of how you feel in general, specifically how happy you are on a daily basis. I know I don't do this nearly as much as I should. I say that I set aside one day per month for introspection. These days are designed to help me get my mind right and to prevent daily stress from running my train off its rails but in truth these days tend to take place every couple of months. I bring this up because we as a culture are so focused on performance. How are we doing in the gym? How are we doing in our relationships? How are we doing in our career? From my perspective we have become so caught up with how we are perceived by others that we don't take enough time to ask the basic fundamental question: how do I feel about myself?
These mental health days, as I like to call them, usually manifest themselves on a day off where I wander about the hills while allowing my mind to go wherever it chooses. During these meandering journeys I think about who I am, what makes me happy and what makes me feel complete. I believe paying attention to these things is important because it is easy to lose sight of them when moving at the speed of life. I like these days because I have the opportunity to slow down - I have the chance to reminisce about the past and hope for the future. I don't know where your "place" is but I would encourage you to find it and spend some time there every now and then. We take time to regularly maintain our bodies through stretching, working out and eating right, but how many of us take time for mental maintenance? Sound off in the comments about where you go and what you do to get your mind right!
Our barbells are tough as nails but even they need maintenance from time to time!
A. 1RM back squat
B. For time:
1 mile run
40 back squats (50% of A)
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