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Stressaholic: 5 Steps to Transform Your Relationship with Stress by Heidi Hanna

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Step 2: Repair

The second step toward building an optimized operating system is to restore energy to repair what has been worn down over time. You can accomplish this by creating opportunities in your busy routine to do activities that replenish your energy reserves. These strategic recovery techniques are more than just a time-out; they should leave you feeling like you have more energy than before you started. It is important to continue your rest practices so that you're still encouraging oscillation, cellular restoration, and periods of disengagement. By incorporating these simple repair practices into your routine, you increase the benefit you get from essential nutrients that holistically nourish your system.

Recovery can be different for different people based on what fills their energy cup, so to speak. I once talked my mom into getting a massage, and she thought it was awful. However, she enjoys gardening, whereas I intentionally live in a condo with no weeds to pull. The important thing about recovery is that you find something that you can rely on to restore energy when you're feeling depleted. You may want to build up a recovery toolbox with different options based on how you're feeling in the moment, because it may change from one cycle to the next or over time.

Sometimes you might want to do something passive, like getting a massage or other spa treatment, listening to a book on tape, or taking a nap. On other occasions, you may find it most helpful to do something ...

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