Hello everybody and welcome back to another installment of Carter's Call! How was everyone's week? The last week has been some of the most interesting of the summer. We've heard a lot of chatter in the media about the NFL's deadline to sign players designated to the Franchise Tag for the upcoming year to longterm contracts (July 17th). We've also seen excessive coverage of what many have called a 'circus', also known as the Conner McGregor and Floyd Mayweather press tour. What do you all think of the Redskins and Kirk Cousins unique situation? Are you buying into the 'Money' Mayweather vs. McGregor hype machine? I'd love to hear your thoughts on both these topics, please comment below.
Now, let us transition into discussing this week's topic, undoubtedly our coolest topic to date; the "Ice Bath". An "Ice Bath" is a cold water body immersion that is commonly used as a method of recovery after an intense period of physical activity. The idea is that the cold temperature will reduce blood flow and inflammation in the muscles. I've always had a love-hate relationship with the "Ice Bath". I hated freezing my toes off for what feels the longest 5-10 minutes of my life but I love the way my body recovered as a result. In the beginning of my collegiate athletic career, I avoided the "Ice Bath" at all cost because I perceived it be another annoying thing that our coaching staff was forcing us to do. However as I progressed through my collegiate career, I began to appreciate the "Ice Bath" and its provided mental cool down period after a stressful game, practice or workout. In those few moments I was able to collect my thoughts, reflect on the days events, and internally debrief my performance. I've coined this part of the experience, the mental "Ice Bath".
Even if you never experienced taking a physical "Ice Bath" before you can appreciate the mental 'cool down' period that comes with it. I recall countless instances in which I submerged my body feeling frustrated, stressed out and drained or what I like to call mental inflammation. However when I emerged, my frustration and stress were alleviated. The new found mental clarity was well worth the temporary numbness in my legs. The "Ice Bath" became physical and mental therapy for myself and many of my teammates. Since my athletic career has ended, I have grown to appreciate the physical "Ice Bath" and more importantly the mental "Ice Bath" I enjoyed along with it. As a young professional, I, like many of you, am extremely focused on advancing my career. In my current role with The Sports & Entertainment Group, expectations are high to complete complex tasks on strict deadlines. This intensely active environment places pressure on employees and can lead to frustration, stress and drain. Though, I'm not as physically taxed as I was after a football practice, I have the same mental fatigue. I take a mental "Ice Bath" almost daily to reflect on my experiences from that particular day, this process not only helps keep my stress level down but also allows me to cement that knowledge I've gained. I often use my commute home as an opportunity to take my mental ice bath, the silence and solitude create the perfect setting to submerge my mind.
You do not have to be an athlete or work in a fast paced environment to realize the benefits of a mental "Ice Bath". Remember the "Ice Bath" is a form of therapy to help you recover from an intense period of activity and the interpretation of that definition is completely subjective. Regardless of your career path or daily schedule, there are points in your life where you will endure intense periods of activity. Whether you drive uber during rush hour in metropolitan area, a parent with young children at bath time or a surgeon on the operating table. A brief mental "Ice Bath" provides solace and relief that will allow you to better navigate the next intense period of activity in your life. Implementing this tool into your toolbox will do wonders for your passionate pursuit!
I highly recommend that you incorporate the mental "Ice Bath" into your life, all you need is 5-10 uninterrupted moments of solitude. You will notice a huge difference in your temperament almost instantaneously. You wont believe how quickly your perception on life's intense periods of activity will change! You will retain a greater deal of knowledge that will help you along your passionate pursuit. I can't wait to hear from all of you how the mental "Ice Bath" is changing your lives for the better. Take the plunge and share your results in the comments below!
Until next time, have a great week.
- Christian A. Carter