June 11

Are you hungry, happy and horny?

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This may seem like a strange title

 

It may even seem a bit inappropriate, but;

 

These three things can be key clues to whether there is something wrong.

 

They are also key clues as to whether you are healthy, whether you may be overdoing it,

 

whether you are recovering properly from your training and/or whether you are being too restrictive.

 

We have probably all heard of the risk to women of losing their periods when in a very severe calorie deficit?

 

Well, loss of sex drive can be caused by the same thing!

 

It is definitely a sign that something is not right.

 

It could be as simple as not eating enough,

 

It could also be down to overtraining and under-recovering

 

Or stress and anxiety, or depression.

 

These things also have a crossover to our appetite as well, of course, to our mood.

 

So, if you are not hungry, happy and horny, it is time to look at why.

 

Could it be stress and anxiety? We have already looked at this in recent blogs,

 

we know we are living in a time of high, underlying anxiety for many of us,

 

there’s a lot of uncertainty around.

 

I mentioned various strategies that could help, in the blog on Monday.

 

Get yourself some action plans for when stress threatens to overwhelm;

 

Play, journal, get outside, listen to music, chat to friends,

 

Anything you enjoy.

 

If you are overtraining and not taking the time to recover properly then this could be the cause.

 

Take between 1 and 3 rest days a week.

 

Many people can get effective results from training 3 times a week.

 

If you are training very hard towards a particular goal

 

Be sure to have a de-load week every 6 – 8 weeks.

 

Have a complete week off every 14 weeks!

 

If you go on holiday, then be on holiday.

 

Take the opportunity to really relax and enjoy yourself.

 

Depression is a difficult one because we can’t see it.

 

It can creep up on us when we have been trying too hard for too long.

 

I personally found talking therapy really helpful and would recommend that.

 

Anti-depressants can also be useful to help get you through, particularly if therapy is hard to come by.

 

Many of the strategies we have looked at for stress and anxiety are also very valid.

 

Write things down!

 

Look at what you can control and what you can’t control.

 

It takes work and practice to be able to let go of things outside of our control.

 

I am still working on it!

 

Try keeping a gratitude journal and write down something you are thankful for each day.

 

Be in the moment.

 

For many of us we are either ruminating about the past or worrying about the future.

 

If this period of quarantine has given you a lot of time to reflect,

 

you now find yourself questioning what you are doing with your life?

 

my advice would be to lean into those feelings;

 

think about what you want to do with your life,

 

the things you find fulfilling,

 

it may well be time to make a change.

 

Remember then, these 3 Hs can give you a real clue about how things are going with life.

 

 


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