Can Slowing Down Improve Your Performance?

Last Updated on July 11, 2024 by Erin Blair

It’s no secret that we’re always on the go. From family commitments to work life, participating in physical activity and managing the relentless buzz of technology. Amid the chaos of life, it is essential to slow down and relax to enhance your performance and well-being.

Relaxing your mind can lead to better sleep and overall mental health. Resting your body is also important to reduce stress, boost immune function and improve productivity among other things. 

Greencare Wellness Expert, Tory Trewhitt has provided his five top tips for taking some time out to achieve a calmer state of mind and improve your physical performance:

  1. Meditation and mindfulness: Practice meditation or mindfulness techniques to quiet your thoughts. Focus on your breathing or a calming mantra to center your mind and reduce racing thoughts.
  2. Progressive muscle relaxation: Engage in progressive muscle relaxation by tensing and then slowly releasing each muscle group in your body. This helps release physical tension in the muscles and calm your mind.
  3. Limit stimuli before bed: Avoid any type of screens at least an hour before bed. Blue light disrupts your natural sleep-wake cycle, so opt for reading a book, taking a warm bath, or listening to calming music instead.
  4. Journaling: Write down your thoughts, worries, or to-do lists before bed to clear your mind. This practice can prevent racing thoughts and help you relax more easily.
  5. Deep breathing exercises: Practice deep breathing to slow down your heart rate and calm your mind. Inhale deeply through your nose, hold for a few seconds, and exhale slowly through your mouth. Repeat several times.

By incorporating these practices into your routine, you can achieve a more relaxed state of mind, leading to improved performance and overall well-being. Slow down, take a breath, and notice the difference in your daily life.

Tory Trewhitt

Tory Trewhitt

Tory’s knowledge and experience is diverse having worked at both The Australian Institute of Sport and the Victorian Institute of Sport before heading abroad to work as an Exercise Physiologist for BUPA in the UK.

Tory worked across both the Private and Public sectors as an Exercise Physiologist and Conditioning Specialist before starting his own company, Corporate Health and Fitness in Feb 2001.

An exceptional motivational speaker, Tory focuses on helping individuals and corporate organisations to achieve wellness, both physical and mental, through health. This led to the segregation of his original business so he could focus and operate, Tory Trewhitt Executive Health Coaching.

During his career, Tory has worked with a large demographic including having trained celebrities, elite athletes, corporate workers, disabled and elderly clients.

Tory Trewhitt

Tory Trewhitt

Tory’s knowledge and experience is diverse having worked at both The Australian Institute of Sport and the Victorian Institute of Sport before heading abroad to work as an Exercise Physiologist for BUPA in the UK.

Tory worked across both the Private and Public sectors as an Exercise Physiologist and Conditioning Specialist before starting his own company, Corporate Health and Fitness in Feb 2001.

An exceptional motivational speaker, Tory focuses on helping individuals and corporate organisations to achieve wellness, both physical and mental, through health. This led to the segregation of his original business so he could focus and operate, Tory Trewhitt Executive Health Coaching.

During his career, Tory has worked with a large demographic including having trained celebrities, elite athletes, corporate workers, disabled and elderly clients.

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