Thoughts on recovery

It occurs to me that recovery isn’t about sitting around and doing nothing.

Depending on the type of recovery, it might involve more rest and sleep.

But overall, you’re not moving from a state of action to inaction. You’re just replacing current actions with other actions — especially actions that facilitate healing and restoration.

For instance, if you’re working on a project and it stresses you out, it’s easy to fault projects in general.

But replacing the current project with another project might energize you and bring excitement back into your life.

So, the issue isn’t necessarily projects. But the project you started with might be the root cause.

As I look to recover, I recognized that recovery isn’t going to be about quitting things altogether.

In many ways, it’s going to be about being more disciplined about specific habits.

In my case, habits like:

Are all going to play an important role in my renewal.

There are certain actions (like work) that I’m reducing. Because doing all the above without being more conscious of my health or energy levels isn’t going to get me anywhere. I’ve been exercising and meditating consistently already, even as I’ve been slowly burning out.

Likewise, there are certain actions I’m increasing, like rest and sleep, in addition to the ones I mentioned above.

Recovery is not inaction. It’s about disciplined action — doing the right things consistently.

Originally published at on September 7, 2020.



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