Test yourself: How good are you at recovering?

Test yourself: How good are you at recovering?

Are you good at stopping and enjoying the moment? Is it always "a little much now"? Or is the energy always on top? Do the test that shows if you are good at recovering or if it is time to schedule more breaks in the calendar.

You need to be curious about yourself, instead of mimicking how others do. Because no one has written the book about you just yet. It is really only you who knows what you need to feel good.

Some quick facts about smart recovery:

  • Stress doesn't have to be dangerous, but the lack of recovery can be really bad.
  • You need both physical and mental recovery.
  • There are four parts you need to take into account: sleep, active recovery, passive recovery and breaks.
  • Trying to achieve balance in life can be stressful in itself. Instead, see life as a rocking board with everything you have to do on one side and the recovery on the other. When you have a lot to do, a lot of recovery is also needed.


1 Do you take regular breaks?

A Several times a day, I take a deep breath at the coffee machine, make the planks at the desk and let my thoughts wander as I look out the window.

B A few times a week, though I would love to take more.

C Rarely, but I try to go to the bathroom.

2 Are you trying to learn new things in your everyday life?

A Daily, I know that the brain feels good about practicing problem solving and that emotions are boosted when I succeed.

B Sometimes, though not as often as I would like.

C Rarely, I just can’t cope. I know what I can do.

3 Do you regularly stop and feel a sense of contentment and micro-happiness?

A Several times every day, I love to enjoy the present.

B Sometimes, although it’s easy to forget when you’re full.

C Rarely, I always hurry somewhere else in the tank. How good are you at reloading?

4 Do you often welcome physical contact and skin contact?

A Daily, I am very close to my loved ones and often go on a massage.

B Sometimes, though not as often as I would like.

C Rarely, I don’t have that opportunity.

5 Do you exercise at least three times a week and move around everyday?

A Always, I cycle to work and also run nice workouts a few times a week.

B Sometimes, though, something easily gets in the way.

C Never, I have completely recovered.

MOST A: You’re recovering smartly!

You are really recovery-smart and make sure you get recovery into your everyday life. However, if the amount of recovery is really enough depends on what your life looks like. At high demands more break is needed.

MOST B: Let recovery become a habit!

You are well on your way and trying to get recovery into your life. But you haven’t really gotten into it as a habit. Where is the biggest shortcoming? Are you exercising too little? Book a training buddy who will not let you down. Do you rarely learn something new? Sign up for a course in tango, chess or spin – or whatever feels tempting.

MOST C: Treat yourself to more recovery!

Here you have room to treat yourself to more recovery. Book mini-recuperations in the calendar to get started. And then don’t prioritize them. Even if it’s just a several minutes of intense workouts at the desk or ten deep breaths, they make a difference. Then you can add longer moments of recovery as you go.


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