THE IMPORTANCE OF RECOVERY
All the above goes out the window if you don’t take care of yourself physically, which not only helps counteract stress, but also makes you more resilient to it. Key elements include:
SLEEP Make sleep a priority. As you drift into deep sleep, your sympathetic (fight or flight) activity is decreased, while your parasympathetic (rest and digest) activity is increased. Aim for 7 to 9 hours a night.
FOOD Nourishing yourself is essential for stress management. Recovery food, including protein and carbs, can help offset the cortisol response.
REGENERATION Following training stress, your body can only adapt and become stronger if you allow it to recover. Nail your recovery days just as vigilantly as you nail your hard training days.