As we discussed in a recent TEDx talk entitled “Burnout … a friend of a friend’s problem”, prolonged periods of stress without sufficient recovery can lead to serious overload, exhaustion or even burnout.
In fact, when we explain the stress-recovery integration principle in our workshops, people usually come up with questions such as: “How can I know if I am getting enough recovery?”, “Is there a way to measure my stress levels and sleep quality?” or “What can I do to make sure I don’t end up being in burnout within a few months?”
A recent analysis of the results obtained with the Firstbeat Lifestyle Assessment (Firstbeat research database, 2014) shows that, on average, people have 6 hours of recovery (25%) compared to 11.5 hours of stress reactions (47%) over a standard 24-hour period.
When at work, there was only 13 minutes of recovery on average and 29% of the participants did not recover at any point during the workday.
So, what does your day look like?
It is not easy to strike the right balance between activity and rest. It requires dedicated attention and constant care. Here are a few points you may want to check on a regular basis:
- Stress: What level or amount of stress reactions do you experience during the day? Is that stress counterbalanced with sufficient recovery?
- Recovery: Do you spend at least 25–30% of your time recovering during each 24 hours? Do you recover during the day (e.g. breaks and relaxation moments)?
- Sleep: Do you sleep enough? For how much of the time while you are sleeping are you recovering?
- Movement: Do you favour natural physical activity throughout your day (a gentle walk, bike, stairs vs. elevator, …)?
- Exercise: Are you building up or consuming your body’s resources when you exercise?
Are you getting enough recovery?
We offer a 3-day personal analysis that provides an accurate measurement of your body’s responses to daily activities. Data about your work, leisure and sleep are used to create an insightful and complete picture of your performance.
A professional coach will debrief you with an individual report to help you better manage stress and enhance recovery.