Have You Tried A Social Deload?
Inspired by Tim Ferriss
When we program at Treign we always allow for a deload week.
What’s this? Put simply, it’s a calculated reduction in exercise volume or intensity.
As we train our ladies throughout our 12 week program, we plan for intensity and volume to peak at certain times. And just as we plan for our ladies to have peaked physically for a certain week (fingers crossed it’s testing week), we plan for a week of lower intensity and lower volume during their ‘deload’ week.. usually before and after their peak.
Quoting from Essentials of Strength Training and Conditioning:
“The purpose of this unloading week is to prepare the body for the increased demand of the next phase or period” and to mitigate the risk of overtraining.
So, to get the most out of our physical performance, we take time to lower the intensity or volume of the work we’re doing at the gym.
With this in mind.. What if we applied the same idea to our social lives?
You know that feeling? You’ve overbooked yourself every weekend for the past 3 months and when Sunday night comes around you end up feeling more exhausted from the weekend than you were from the working week!
What if I said that in order to come out the other side of the busy silly season as a whole human being.. you could schedule in a social deload?
It can be an hour of down time on one of your days off.. or perhaps you lower the volume and intensity of all the social outings you agree to for the next 2 weeks.
A deload can be a time to take some space and reflect on all you’ve accomplished in the weeks or months before. Reflect on conversations you’ve had, views that might have shifted, relationships you’ve made, what you’ve gained, what you may have lost.
Think of it as an adult time out.
Use your deload as a way to enhance your time at your social events, improve your output on big projects at work and avoid burnout.
The thing is, you do have the time, you’d make the time if you truly valued yourself and your mental wellbeing…
So if you find yourself super run down and getting a little exhausted around all the things you must do.. (and the people you must see) it could just be time to unload your deload secret weapon..