Self Care Both Physical and Psychological
It is not unusual to hear that most people think of self care as selfish. But really self care is an important part of your training. I think self care falls into 2 categories-
1. Physical and 2. Psychological.
Physical self care helps facilitate recovery, such as: chiropractic care, acupuncture, or massage. These are great options that will help your body recover. It is not unusual to feel very sore from getting bodywork done. Something to keep in mind about this type of self care, is that the more frequently you get these treatments, the less intense they will become. You can also add in your own mobility work to this self care. Aim for 1-2 times/month minimum for this type of self care. Mobility is also something that falls into the physical self care category, and should be done on a daily basis.
Psychological self care can be a little more difficult to define. The first type of psychological self care would be therapy. It is great to be able to talk things out with a professional who can help guide you, and give you goals to work towards. Some other types of psychological self care can include getting your hair or nails done, journaling, going to see a movie, taking a walk, reading...etc. If you think it is something that you would consider frivolous to do during the week, or that you just don’t have the time, then that is what you should be doing. Allowing yourself to step away from your training even for just an hour a day, can really help you feel relaxed and refreshed. You should aim for 1 psychological self care item every day.
Along with your rest and recovery days, self care can help you feel balanced and strong and ready to take on the challenges of your training and racing.