Physical resilience is all about looking after your body so that you are fit and healthy and ready to take on whatever challenges come your way.
Luckily for me, this doesn’t necessarily mean you need to have rock hard abs and be able to run marathons (we’ve already discussed that I can’t do that.) It’s simply looking after yourself well and listening to what your body needs.
For those of you who don’t know me personally, I’ll just let you know I am not medically trained – so I’m not going to give you any outright advice here, rather pose some questions for you to consider and take action upon, or not.
Are you drinking water regularly throughout the day?
Your brain is 95% water, so even a small drop in hydration levels can impair your thinking and I’m sure your familiar with that “hungover” feeling when you’ve allowed yourself to get dehydrated.
Studies show that on average we need to consume 2-2.5litres of water each day to maintain decent hydration. Water intake can come from any drink or most foods, so don’t kick yourself if you’re not getting through 2 litres of the finest mountain spring. However, water doesn’t have any sugar, additives or calories (and is free if you’re happy to drink tap water like me) so it’s most beneficial.
Are you putting the right good quality fuel in your body?
I’m not going to judge your diet or tell you what you should be eating…everyone has different needs, and as I shared before, I have been known to comfort myself with donuts.
You know what food makes you feel good, and what makes you feel like shit…are you eating more of the first and less of the latter? Be honest! If not, perhaps it’s time to rebalance, after all, summer holidays are over and Christmas is a while away yet, so there’s really no excuse.
Are you getting enough exercise?
Day after day of inactivity can make us all feel a bit shitty. I often find that the times I really would rather sit on the sofa and binge watch Greys Anatomy are the times I would most benefit from cracking out the yoga mat.
It seems counter intuitive, but a bit of exercise can really boost your energy, so find something that you enjoy and do it as often as you can.
Are you sleeping well?
If you’ve answered “no, not really” to the questions above, then my guess is that you’re also going to be answering no to this one. Lack of sleep makes you feel terrible! Sleep deprivation is not a method of torture for nothing!
Studies have shown that putting yourself to bed and getting up at the same time every day is a really great way of sleeping well. Your body likes a routine. Your body is also designed to feel sleepy when it gets dark, (This is why jetlag is so horrible, your body is out of whack) so avoiding screens for a while before bed is a good idea.
Looking after yourself physically while the going is good builds up your reserves so your energy will last longer in times of need and makes you feel great the rest of the time.
How you feel physically has a huge impact on your mind, which we’ll look at more in the next instalment of “bouncing back” next week.