When I started my fitness journey in the past, when bodybuilding.com used to be free for all, I didn’t focus much on recovery.
In my defence, I was young. It just happened automatically. I was comfortably ignorant of the world, to be stressed.
However, as an adult the game changed quickly.
I started getting stressed about the job, the money, bills, credit, workplace shenanigans etc.
Overtime this takes a toll on your productivity, add on top of it the stress induced by a workout, puts more demand on focusing on recovering between workouts.
The lack of recovery would be evident in your output, whether it be at work, or the gym or in your finances or even in your relationships.
Some resort to supplements, like myself, I take multi-vitamins and L-tryptophan, if I don’t get enough of it from my diet.
Others resort to experiences, like going to the beach, long walks, snuggling with pets, etc to recharge their physical and mental batteries.
Whatever works for you, ensure to get enough of it, in accordance to the level of effort you exert that causes the stress.